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Neck muscle sprain can be extremely painful and that's why any kind of movement is leading to more pain.
You should try to move the neck as least as possible.
You also need to start taking Advil ( 400 mg twice daily after food ), till the pain subsides. Recovery can take up to one week.
If the pain gets worse, and the movements are further restricted you can go to A & E to get an x ray of your neck. Sometimes such injuries can lead to pinched nerve leading to numbness around the extremities. So you need to watch out for such symptoms. It is highly unlikrly though.
Feel free to discuss further,
Patient replied :
I have to say that the pain is not costant, but only when I do certain movements. Could it be a cervical hernia or would the symptoms be different in that case? Would it make any sense to see a physioteapist? Or maybe a doctor?
It looks that you may be suffering from mild prolapse of disc.This is more confirmed if you are having radiation of pain in upper limb.
If there is weakness in upper limb and radiation of pain then you should consult your doctor immediately.If this pain is not severe then you may wear a cervical collar.