Cervical pain of all types whether due to disc or sprain. Neck pain is a common complaint whether due to whiplash, or a degenerative process. It is important to examine the suboccipital region (base of the skull), cervical spine including the facet joints and scapular regions for potential ligament or tendon trigger points.
MRI is useful to pick up disc problems but of course misses the stretched tendon and ligament structures which are so commonly the culprits. In the end, unfortunately, the source of the pain is often misdiagnosed leading to inappropriate treatments that are unlikely to solve the problem and may actually aggravate the condition.