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Causes of neck pain

Neck pain is very common and affects most adults at some point in their life. The neck is made up of multiple joints and these are frequently affected by wear and tear changes. An MRI scan may be used to identify areas of inflammation or arthritis within the neck. In most patients the pain will be short lived and can be managed with a short course of painkillers or manipulation by a physiotherapist, osteopath or chiropractor. If the pain is more prolonged, then steroid or anaesthetic injections may help. Surgery is rarely used to treat neck pain alone although occasionally removal of worn discs in the neck can relieve the pain.