What is neck pain?
Most episodes of neck pain occur because of muscle strain or other soft tissue sprain. Neck pain could also be the result of a traumatic event like whiplash. Generally neck pain clears up on its own, but if neck pain is continuous, accompanied by numbness or arm pain, you should see a medical professional. Neck pain that develops gradually and after specific neck positions and activities is also common. Neck Strain
Neck strain is not a serious injury, however the pain and dysfunction it causes can be serious. Neck strain can be the result of too much time in awkward positions, or sleeping in an uncomfortable position. Other causes could be carrying a heavy object to one side or a traumatic event to the neck like whiplash.Stiff Neck
Stiff neck is characterized by soreness in the neck and difficulty moving the neck. It can also be accompanied by headache, or shoulder and arm pain. Stiff neck can be caused by muscle strain or sprain, meningitis/infection, or cervical spine disorder.