Chronic Neck Pain Relief

Published: August, 2004

Doctors estimate that seven out of ten people will be troubled by neck pain at some point in their lives. Although this pain can be intense, it rarely requires surgery and responds well to self-help techniques. Neck and Shoulder Pain, a special health report published by Harvard Health Publishing, describes the anatomy of neck pain, discusses common diagnostic methods and treatment options, and offers simple steps to prevent, ease, and manage neck pain.

Neck pain is common because the neck supports the heavy weight of the head while still allowing it to tilt, turn, and nod easily. Usually, necks begin to ache after years of normal use, overuse, and misuse. Neck and Shoulder Pain discusses various daily activities that can cause neck pain and suggests tips for preventing injury while exercising, as well as ways to avoid risks at work.

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