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Health Tip: A Sprain in the Neck

-- A neck sprain can be caused by a car accident, a sudden impact or fall. Neck pain should be evaluated by a doctor, to see what kind of treatment may be required.

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons lists these possible symptoms of a neck sprain:

  • Pain in the back of the neck -- especially pain that increases when the neck is moved.
  • Stiffness or decreased range of neck movement.
  • Pain that is greater a day or so after an injury than immediately following it.
  • Muscle pain or spasms in the tops of the shoulders.
  • Headache, particularly at the back of the head.
  • Sore throat.
  • Numbness in the arms or hands, or weakness or a tingling sensation in the arms.
  • Irritability, fatigue, problems sleeping and an inability to concentrate.
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Posted: March 2008