Stiff Neck: Causes and Remedies
By Emaratiya On 1 Feb, 2017 At 10:57 AM | Categorized As Health, Medical Advice, Miscellaneous, woman | No Comments
Stiff Neck

Stiff Neck

All or most of us have already experienced a stiff neck. It is when you feel pain in moving your head up and down, or left and right. It is really uncomfortable to have this kind of pain as it greatly affects our daily performance. Thus, learning its cause and getting rid of it is important to us. In this article, we will discuss the common causes of stiff neck and how to get rid of it.

Stiff neck is caused by strain on the soft tissues of your neck, but it can be a symptom of many problems and shouldn’t be ignored.

Stiff Neck 1

Stiff Neck 1

Causes of Stiff Neck

1.) Injury

Stiff necks can be caused by Neck injuries may result from mishaps as wide-ranging as automobile accidents, a collision or hit sustained while playing contact sports, and falls.

2.) Osteoarthritis

Stiff neck can be caused by osteoarthritis which is caused by wear and tear of your joints and often occurs with age. While most osteoarthritis cases affects the back or spine portion and hands, it also affects your neck which causes stiffness.

3.) Rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder affects your joints, and it can damage those in your neck.

4.) Pinched Nerve

If you have a pinched nerve, you may experience neck stiffness that sometimes radiates into your arms and maybe your legs.

5.) Emotional Stress

Stress also has affects body physically and stiff neck or pain in the neck area is one of it. It usually comes with back pains.

7.) Muscle Spasm

A muscle spasm occurs when your nerves send messages to your muscles that cause them to contract. A muscle spasm in your neck can result in a stiff neck.

8.) Meningitis

Meningitis is a serious and deadly infection which affects your brain and spinal cord. People with meningitis experience fever and a headache, with stiff neck as a common symptom.

9.) Infections

Viral infection such as flu can also give you a stiff neck. A usual symptom of flu is body aches and that may include neck pain.

 

HOW TO AVOID AND CURE STIFF NECK

It is important to consult a doctor or professional for instances that you feel sever pain in your neck to determine whether it is a simple stiff neck or it could worse than that. However, we have provided you remedies on what to do when experiencing stiff neck.

1.) Exercises to Avoid Stiff Neck

Perform a daily head and neck exercise by moving your head from left to right, and up and down. Slowly of course.

2.) Gentle Massage on the Neck

Do a gentle massage on your neck with oil or liniment to ease the pain and relax the muscle.

3.) Change Your Pillow

If your pillow is too soft that makes your neck bend too much when lying, time to change pillow. It is also not advisable to have very thick pillow will also bend your neck upwards. The idea is having a pillow that will support your neck not to bend too much.

4.) Ice and Heat Packs

Use ice for the first 48 to 72 hours after stiff neck symptoms begin to relieve inflammation, then switch to soothing heat with a heat wrap or heating pad or a shower treatment.

Remember: These remedies are usually used for common stiff necks which may be caused by incorrect sleeping position and common stress. It is still advisable to go meet a professional for proper assessment.

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