Neck pain is ubiquitous after motor vehicle accidents and fall injuries. Neck pain after a concussion or whiplash injury could show up immediately or up to months after the injury. 

Neck pain may include superficial or deep tension, stiffness, sharp pain, and pain that is worsened with specific movements or behaviors. Traumatic brain injuries are often associated with cervical pains, with the presence of tenderness and pain over the paraspinal and trapezius areas. 



Cervical pain is often associated with headaches, predominantly noted in traumatic brain injuries. Occipital neuralgia, a distinct and predominant headache in TBI patients, is a type of headache characterized by a piercing, throbbing, or electric-shock-like pain. These headaches begin in the upper neck and radiate upwards, often persisting on one side of the head. 


  • Over-the-counter pain relievers: Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB), naproxen sodium (Aleve), and acetaminophen (Tylenol).

  • Physical therapy

  • Massage/Acupuncture

  • InstaShiatsu neck and back massager

Additionally, daily exercises to improve flexibility and restore the full range of motion in the neck can be found here.