Neck pain exhibits in lots of ways. The nature of your neck pain can help your practitioner to properly establish the main cause of your pain.

Neck pain may present in the below ways:

Muscle spasm

Whenever muscles spasm, they shrink in a powerful and involuntary fashion, normally leading to significant pain as well as limitation of movement. If you have neck muscle spasms, you may possibly not be able to move your neck and trying to move could potentially cause extreme pain- often folks refer to it as a crick in the neck. Your doctor, Chiropractor or physiotherapist may well call it acute torticollis.

Muscle ache

This pain presents as aching muscles surrounding the shoulders and neck and it is typically aggravated by activity or sustained postures. You may also notice hard knots (trigger points) which might be tender to touch.


The neck muscles are tight and in case you spend too much time in a single posture they feel even tighter. Neck stiffness causes it to be difficult or distressing to move your neck.

Nerve pain

Pain from the neck could expand down the arms, and frequently, the legs. You might experience a sensation of pins and needles or tingling in your arms and/or hands, which can be associated with numbness, burning or weakness. This pain is often more painful during the night.


Headaches are normally experienced in conjunction with neck problems. They are generally a dull aching kind of headache, as opposed to sharp ache. While the headaches are usually experienced at the rear of the head, the pain can also radiate to the sides, as well as the front of the head as well as face.

Loss of mobility

If you can’t turn your head sideways to the same degree towards each shoulder, or you feel limited in how far forward you can lower your head to your chest or how far you can tilt your head back, its possible you have minimized range of motion.


Dizziness may often come with neck pain and may be due to injuries of position detectors (proprioceptors) in the joints of your neck.