While neck pain (cervical spine) is less common than lower back pain (lumbar spine), many people will experience neck pain and/or related arm pain at some point in their life.
In some cases, other symptoms associated with neck pain are even more problematic such as:
Neck pain might be minor and easily ignored, or it can be excruciating to the point where it interferes with important daily activities, such as sleep. The pain might be short-lived, come and go, or become constant.
While not common, neck pain can also be a signal of a serious underlying medical issue, such as meningitis, or cancer. The key is to seek treatment from a specialist and obtain a primary diagnosis. Conservative treatments may include simple rest and activity modification. Pain management through medication may help as well. Physical therapy and surgery maybe also be considered.