Neck Pain: Immediate Attention

Medically Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian, MD on June 14, 2020

Is It Whiplash?

Whiplash pain can come on right away or within days of an accident. Watch for:

  • Pain, decreased range of motion, and tightness in your neck; the muscles may feel hard or knotted.
  • Pain when rocking your head from side to side or backward and forward
  • Tenderness
  • Headaches at the base of your skull that radiate toward your forehead

What Else Could It Be?

Is your neck pain intense? Is it getting worse? Did it occur after a fall or accident? Do you have numbness or weakness radiating into your shoulders, arm, or hand? If you answered yes to any of these questions, get immediate medical help.

WebMD Medical Reference



American Academy of Family Physicians: "Concussion in Sports."

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons: "Neck Strain."

CDC: "Facts About Concussion and Brain Injury."

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