Pain in the neck can be due to: injury, a mechanical or muscular problem, a trapped nerve caused by a bulge in one of the discs between the vertebrae or from arthritis of the neck.It can range from mild discomfort to severe, burning pain. In our study, only 1.7% of subjects reported neck pain with predominance in women (2.1%) than men (0.7%). A higher prevalence of neck pain (6.8%) was reported by Joshi et al. among the rural population in India.
The treatment of neck pain depends on its precise cause. Treatment options include rest, heat or cold applications, traction, soft-collar traction, physical therapy (ultrasound, massage, manipulation), local injections of cortisone or anesthetics, topical anesthetic creams, topical pain-relief patches, muscle relaxants, analgesics, and surgical procedures.