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Health Tip: How to Spot a Sprained Neck

(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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