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Neck Pain

For people under the age 40 with neck pain less than two weeks that worsens with the application of pressure, the most common causes are

  • muscle spasm or strain

  • osteoarthritis (often with muscle spasm).

Neck arthritis as a cause of neck pain is relatively uncommon in persons under the age of 40, however.

There is usually a good response to treatment in these conditions--that is, the prognosis is generally good.

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