Neck Pain that is Sharp, Stabbing and Shooting
Sharp neck pain is not in itself a red flag.
In fact, and I know this is going to seem odd, but sharp pains are actually a bit reassuring when it comes to the more serious issues of neck pain, despite how they feel.
By itself — with no other obvious problems — sharp, stabbing and shooting neck pain is usually due to a condition that indicates you just have a temporary, minor source of irritation in the cervical spine.
Serious causes of neck pain like infections, tumors, and spinal cord problems tend to grind you down with throbbing pains, not “stab” you.
Sharp, shooting pains are mostly neurological fire alarms signalling trivial non-emergency musculoskeletal troubles.
It's basically your brain being overly-protective to real, but all too often trivial irritations in and around the spine.
The brain takes these much more seriously than it really needs to, but evolution has honed us to be oversensitive in this way.
That’s not to say that the brain is always over-reacting, but it usually is.
The cervical spine is also surrounded by a thick, tangled web of nerves.
In general, those nerves are amazingly difficult to irritate, much harder than people think, but it’s not impossible.
Many sharp and shooting neck pains are probably caused by minor neuropathy (pain from nerve irritation) that calms down over several days or a few weeks at the worst.
Yes, it’s unpleasant, but more often than not, nothing to be too concerned over.