Most neck pain gets better within several weeks with treatment that includes
taking steps to relieve pain, modifying activities, and doing exercises or
manual therapy. Neck pain caused by an injury such as a severe
whiplash may take longer but usually improves in 6
to 12 months.
Chronic neck pain
Neck pain may become long-lasting (chronic) when it occurs in combination
with other health conditions, such as conditions associated with increasing
age. These include narrowing of the spinal canal (cervical spinal stenosis), arthritis of the neck (cervical spondylosis), or herniated disc. In some cases, chronic neck pain can be caused by repeated
and prolonged movements, such as long hours working at a computer.
Chronic neck pain can make it hard to cope with daily life. Common side effects of chronic pain include fatigue, depression, and anxiety. For more
information, see the topic