Most episodes are due to a muscle strain or other soft tissue sprain (ligaments, tendons). This type of injury can also be caused by a sudden force (whiplash). These types of neck pain often improve with time and with non-surgical care such as medications and chiropractic manipulation. Cervical degenerative disc disease, cervical herniated disc, cervical stenosis and cervical arthritis can all lead to neck pain. Each of these conditions has unique symptoms and treatment approaches.