The bones, ligaments, and muscles of your neck support your head and allow for motion. Any abnormalities, inflammation, or injury can cause neck pain or stiffness.Estimates from the Australian Bureau of Statistics 2011–12 National Health Survey show about 3 million Australians (13.6% of the population) have neck and back problems. It is estimated that 70–90% of people will suffer from lower back pain and neck pain in some form at some point in their lives.
The most common types of mild to moderate neck pain usually respond well to self-care within two or three weeks. If neck pain persists, your doctor might recommend other treatments. It is treated with muscle relaxants and tricyclic antidepressants for pain relief.