There are many stiff neck causes, and everyone affects each person differently. Injuries, sleeping wrong, or even working out can damage the muscles and nerve endings in your neck that allow for neck to move freely. A stiff neck causes discomfort, pain, soreness and can irritate the affected individual as it limits head, shoulder and upper body movement.
The most common reasons why a neck becomes stiff is due to a muscle sprain or strain, meningitis or an infection, or a spine disorder. In some cases, a stiff neck is caused by a pinched nerve in the back that radiates it way through the nervous system towards the outer extremities. It is important to see a physician if a stiff neck lasts for an extended period of time, increases in pain or continues to inhibit movement. The most common form of stiff neck relief is to limit head and neck movement, rest and over the counter, anti-inflammatory medication.
Causes and Symptoms
Throat and neck pain may occur for a variety of reasons, and the symptoms, causes and treatments can vary from person to person. Simply defined, throat and neck pain is the feeling of overall discomfort affecting the upper region of the body. In many cases, throat and neck pain is caused from an injury including a pulled or strained muscle or a pinched nerve in the neck. It may also occur as a result of a minor infection or even poor posture. Some symptoms include tingling, sharp pain, soreness, tenderness. Headaches may also be common in individuals who experience this type of pain. Inflammation may also occur as a result of an infection or entrapped nerve.
In the majority of cases, throat and neck pain can be treated with rest, light exercise to the affected area, anti-inflammatory medication and a hot/cold compress. In more severe cases, surgery may be required to fix a herniated disc or injured neck muscle. It is important to consult with your physician before undergoing any surgical procedure to rule out the possibility of an infection, or potentially serious medical condition such as Meningitis (inflammation or infection of the sac around the spinal cord and brain) or Transverse Myelitis (neurological disorder causing the spine to become inflamed). Either way, remember to speak with your doctor to find a treatment that is right for you.