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Muscle And Joint

Joint pain can affect just one joint or many, and can be caused by arthritis, injury, overuse, or bursitis (an inflammation or irritation of the bursa, a fluid-filled sac that acts like a grease to reduce friction), and many different illnesses and conditions. Most commonly, osteoarthritis affects the knees, hips, spine and hands.

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Causes Of Neck Pain

Most people will experience neck pain at some point in their life and whether it’s mild or severe, it can really stop you in your tracks. By better understanding the causes of neck pain, you can not only treat it but also prevent it from occurring in the first place.71

There are a number of ways the neck can become painful:

  • a sprain where a ligament is injured
  • a muscular issue where overstretching or overuse causes muscle pain
  • a spasm of the neck muscles
  • neck pain can result in tension headaches where the pain moves to the back of the head, and sometimes behind the eyes.
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a man working and dealing with a neck pain

Even though it can be incredibly uncomfortable, most neck pain is caused by a simple muscular strain and a majority of people recover in a few days.

Some common causes of neck pain include:71-73

  • overdoing it whilst exercising 
  • sitting at an awkward angle watching TV, reading a book and even talking on the phone 
  • sitting in front of a computer at work in an uncomfortable posture 
  • repeated use of a poorly positioned computer keyboard 
  • sleeping with a pillow that is too high or too flat or sleeping on your stomach 
  • the result of worry or stress.
A man dealing with neck pain
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In most cases, neck pain will often last less than a week. But if the problem persists for longer than a week, consult a healthcare professional for a thorough examination.73

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