Pain in the neck» redirects here. Joint disruption in the neck creates pain, as does joint disruption in the upper back. The head is supported by the lower neck and upper back, and it is these areas that commonly cause neck arthritis pain pain. The top three joints in the neck allow for most movement of the neck and head.
The lower joints in the neck and those of the upper back create a supportive structure for the head to sit on. If this support system is affected adversely, then the muscles in the area will tighten, leading to neck pain. Treatment of neck pain depends on the cause. For the vast majority of people, neck pain can be treated conservatively.