GLENN VANSTRUM, CUSTOM MEDICAL STOCK PHOTO / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY GLENN VANSTRUM, CUSTOM MEDICAL STOCK PHOTO / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Neck pain. Artwork on an X-ray of the human neck showing neck pain (red). The spinal cord is represented as the yellow lines running up through the cervical vertebrae (neck bones, blue). The jaw can be seen at top left. Neck pain is a very common condition, often having no obvious cause. Identifiable causes include osteoarthritis (causing pain and stiffness), a disc prolapse (in which an intervertebral disc ruptures, putting pressure on the spinal cord), and muscle and ligament damage, for instance from whiplash. Treatments include wearing a neck collar, taking painkilling drugs and resting.
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