Both acute neck pain (from an accident or injury) or chronic neck pain (pain that persists after the original cause has healed) can result in discomfort, headaches, tingling in your arms or hands, and loss of range of motion in your neck. These symptoms can happen after an accident such as a sports injury or auto accident. Whiplash injuries from auto accidents are a leading cause of neck pain, and the symptoms of these injuries can be delayed for days or sometimes weeks after the original accident.
But not all neck pain comes from an injury. In general, any position that increases the relative weight on your cervical spine can lead to neck problems, such as working on a computer, reading a book, or being hunched over your phone.