Neck pain (or cervicalgia) is a common problem, with two-thirds of the population having neck pain at some point in their lives.
A neck injury caused by a sudden hyperextension, forcing neck muscles and ligaments beyond a normal range of motion and stretching or tearing some muscles, tendons and ligaments. Whiplash injuries can be mild or severe.
A stinger, or burner, is a common injury to the nerve supply of the upper arm, resulting from trauma to the neck or shoulder. A stinging or burning pain spreads from the shoulder to the hand. Symptoms of stingers are usually brief but severe injuries can take weeks or months to heal.
Neck pain that persists more than three months, and may feel like a “kink” or stiffness with pain ranging from mild to severe. Pain may spread to the shoulders, upper back or arms, or it may cause a headache.
Injury to the muscles or tendons in the cervical spine, the portion of the spine contained within the neck. Injuries may stem from daily activities, but often occur from sudden trauma such as a fall, auto accident or sports injury.