Symptoms of neck strain, or a pulled neck muscle, include pain in the shoulder muscle and difficulty or pain when rotating or moving the neck and head, according to Spine-health. Symptoms are similar to those of a sprain, which impact the ligaments and tendons.
Neck strain commonly occurs with individuals who sit all day hunched over a desk, a steering wheel or in other awkward positions, states Spine-health. Sleeping with a pillow that is too firm or positioned too high can lead to strain. Injuries such as whiplash can also cause symptoms of strain or sprain.
Neck strain is rarely a serious condition, notes Spine-health. However, if symptoms include tingling, numbness or pain in the arms, or don't ease within a few days, individuals should seek medical treatment.