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.