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What Increases Your Risk

Risk factors for neck pain that you cannot control include:

Risk factors that you can control include:

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Neck Strain and Whiplash

Neck strain is often just called whiplash. Although it's usually associated with car accidents, any impact or blow that causes your head to jerk forward or backward can cause neck strain. The sudden force stretches and tears the muscles and tendons in your neck. Neck strain afflicts many amateur and professional athletes. People who play contact sports like football are especially prone to neck strain. Neck strains are often confused with neck sprains. They're a bit different. Neck strains are...

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  • Awkward positions that put stress on the neck, or poor posture at home or at work.
  • Stress or depression, or boredom at or unhappiness with work.
  • Heavy physical work.
  • Smoking or drug abuse.
  • Poor physical condition and lack of exercise.
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Last Updated: November 19, 2012
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