Neck pain or a stiff neck is a common problem and generally nothing to worry about.
- Pain that’s often worsened by holding your head in one place
- Muscle tightness and spasms
- Decreased ability to move your head
- swollen glands
- trouble swallowing or breathing
- pain that radiates down your arms or legs
- an inability to move your arms or hands
- an inability to touch your chin to your chest
- bladder or bowel dysfunction
- Muscle strains.
- Worn joints
- Nerve compression
- Certain diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, meningitis or cancer, can cause neck pain.
- Pinched nerves
- Imaging tests
- CT scan
- Other tests
- Electromyography (EMG)
- Blood tests
- lumbar puncture, or a spinal tap
- muscle relaxants for pain relief
- tricyclic antidepressants
- Physical therapy
- Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS).
- Short-term immobilization
- Surgical and other procedures:
- Steroid injections
- Over-the-counter pain relievers(ibuprofen) naproxen sodium
- Alternate heat and cold.
- Home exercises
- good posture
- Changing positions often
- special neck pillow for sleeping