Risk factors for neck pain that you cannot control include:
- Age. People who are middle-aged or older are more likely to have breakdown (degeneration) of discs or joints, as well as bone spurs in the vertebrae of the neck (cervical spondylosis).
- Recent injury or history of injury. A common injury to the neck is whiplash caused by a car accident.
- Conditions that affect the bones and soft tissues of the neck and back, such as rheumatoid arthritis, a narrowing of the spinal canal (cervical spinal stenosis), or a severely curved spine (scoliosis).
- A history of headaches.
Risk factors that you can control include: