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Health Tip: A Sprain in the Neck

Last Updated: February 10, 2012.

(HealthDay News) -- A sudden impact from a car crash or a bad fall can lead to a neck sprain.

If you have any of these symptoms mentioned by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, you should visit your doctor:

  • Neck pain, particularly pain at the back of the neck, that worsens when you move.
  • Pain in the neck that becomes worse about a day after an injury.
  • Pain and muscle spasms in the upper area of the shoulder.
  • A headache that affects the back of the head.
  • A sore throat, feeling tired and irritable, or having trouble sleeping and concentrating.
  • Numb sensation in the hand or arm, or a tingling sensation or weak feeling affecting the arms.
  • Limited range of motion or stiffness in the neck.

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