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Neck Pain

For people younger than age 40 with neck pain more than two weeks that does not worsen with the application of pressure, the most common causes are

  • muscle strain

  • minor injury (as may occur with sports or a minor fall)

  • osteoarthritis - less likely if under age 30, no prior arthritis or injury in the neck.

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

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