Neck pain can have a variety of symptoms ranging from a dull ache to increased throbbing pains. Occasionally, you may experience radiating symptoms into the base of the skull, down an arm, or into the fingers.
Neck pain can occur for a variety of reasons. Most commonly, poor posture leads to increased stress in the muscles of your neck and ultimately leads to pain. Misalignment of the vertebrae is also a primary cause of neck pain. When vertebrae are misaligned, issues such as pinched nerves, herniated discs, sprain/strains, and facet syndrome can arise and present as neck pain.
Break up your daily routine. Taking time to stretch your neck and arms periodically throughout the day lessens tension in your neck and allows for proper range of motion without complications. Be aware of your posture, especially when sitting. Keep your shoulders pulled back and hold your head up. Having a proper ergonomic set-up will limit the head's tendencies to lean forward into the computer screen. The top 1/3 of the screen should be at eye level.