Your neck is also known as your cervical spine and has vertebrae, ligaments, and muscles that work together to support your head and give your neck a wide range of motion.
Pain in your neck can be the result of a direct injury, such as from a fall or auto accident, or due to degenerative changes that lead to conditions like:
• Rheumatoid arthritis
• Spinal stenosis
• Bulging or herniated discs
• Cervical radiculopathy
• Degenerative disc disease
You can also develop chronic neck pain due to spondylosis (osteoarthritis), a condition where degenerative changes reduce the space between your vertebrae, which causes bones to rub together, creating friction and pain.