Neck pain is a common complaint and is becoming more common as we use more and more technology. Neck muscles can be strained from poor posture — whether it's leaning over your computer or hunching over your workbench. Osteoarthritis also is a common cause of neck pain. Neck pain is also often a common complaint of people that have suffered whiplash injuries in the past either from sports, injuries, or car accidents.
Neck pain can be a symptom of a more serious problem. You should seek care if your neck pain is accompanied by numbness or loss of strength in your arms or hands or if you have shooting pain into your shoulder or down your arm.
Signs and symptoms include:
Pain that is made worse by holding your head in one place for long periods like when driving or working at a computer
Muscle tightness and spasms
Decreased ability to move your head