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Health Tip: You May Have Sprained Your Neck

-- If you tear a ligament that joins the seven spinal bones in your neck to each other, it's considered a neck sprain. It often occurs when the neck is stretched to an extreme position during a motor vehicle accident or fall.

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons says possible signs of this injury include:

  • Pain, particularly the back of the neck, that worsens when you move.
  • Pain that gets worse a day or two after the initial injury.
  • Pain and muscle spasms in the upper area of the shoulder.
  • Pain in the back part of the head.
  • Sore throat, trouble sleeping, feeling fatigued and irritable, and having trouble concentrating.
  • Numbness, weakness or a tingling sensation in the hand or arm.
  • Stiffness and difficulty moving the neck.
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Posted: December 2010