Some common causes of neck pain include: trauma or an injury, high levels of stress, falling asleep in an awkward position or as a result of whiplash injury during an auto accident.
Symptoms of neck pain include:
General pain in the neck area accompanied by some stiffness
Pain may extend down between the shoulder blades, out along the arms or up into the head
The muscles in the neck are tense and sore to the touch
A prickling or tingling sensation may occur in the arms and fingers
Your chiropractor will have you undergo an examination that can include: testing the range of movement of the neck, testing for trapped nerves, examination of the muscles and movement of the spine and neck. In some cases, x-rays or blood work may be performed to determine an exact diagnosis.
Sharp neck pain at the base of the skull generally disappears without any treatment. If your neck pain persists, manual chiropractic treatment based on the severity of your injury is suggested along with pain-relieving medication. Longer term chiropractic treatment is recommended for chronic neck pain.