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Neck Stiffness: Symptoms And Treatment

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The discomfort or pain that a person feels while trying to turn, move, or flex the neck.
Reports state that around 10% of the adult population suffers from a stiff neck. About 40% of the males and 28% of the females between the ages of 55 and 64 are mostly suffering from neck stiffness.


- Treatable by a medical professional
- Usually self-diagnosable
- Lab tests / X-ray is required
- Medium-term: resolves within Days/Months
- Studies show neck pain impacts your physical, social, and mental well-being

A stiff neck typically is the result of muscles weakening over time from poor posture or misuse. Chronic neck pain is often called a stiff neck, or aching neck, or a crick in your neck.


Symptoms: Pain or discomfort in the back, muscle spasms, headache, loss of strength in your arms or hands, decreased the ability to move your head.


Self-diagnosable - Doctor may require an X-Ray, CT scan, and MRI for confirmation. Other tests include Electromyography (EMG) and a blood test.


Lifestyle changes:
- Pain management techniques
- Nutritional counseling
- Practice good posture
- Stress management
- Acupuncture
- Aerobic exercise


Indication - People who experience cervical degenerative disc disease may have neck stiffness.


Treatment


Self-care: Applying an ice pack or heat pack, gentle range-of-motion stretches, self-massage or over-the-counter pain medications.


Medicines: Over-the-counter pain relievers.


Specialists: You may be referred to a neurologist and orthopedic surgeon. A radiologist does specific diagnostic tests for neck stiffness. We have an expert team of medical professionals at mfine that render best in class for all treatments.

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