This condition is commonly associated with dull aching. Sometimes the pain can be worsened with movement of the neck. Other symptoms include: numbness, tingling, tenderness, sharp shooting pain, fullness, difficulty swallowing, pulsations, swishing sounds in the head, dizziness or lightheadedness, and gland swelling.
This is one of the most frequent causes of neck pain. It can be brought on by every day activity: sitting in a chair that offers no support, cradling the phone between the ear and shoulder, or working at a poorly designed computer station. Whiplash is an example of neck strain.
Neck pain that does not radiate outwards is called cervicalgia. The muscles of the neck are constantly under tension to hold the head up. Therefore, they are often prone to pain through gradual tightening of the muscles. This tightening can also result in tearing from sudden, sharp movements.