(HealthDay News) -- A car crash or upper-body injury can cause significant pain that could point to a sprained muscle or ligament in the neck.
Here are common symptoms, provided by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons:
Pain at or near the back of the neck that feels worse when you move.
Pain that gets more intense about a day after an injury, rather than immediately after.
Pain and muscle spasms in the upper shoulder.
A headache in the back of the head, or an inability to fully turn the head.
A sore throat, arm or hand weakness, or fatigue or irritability.
Trouble sleeping and concentrating.
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