Symptoms of neck strain
What is the difference between a neck strain and a neck sprain?
Typical causes of neck strain
Treatment and pain relief
Recovery: How long does a neck strain last?
When to see a doctor about your neck pain
Exercise: A simple remedy for neck strain
Your neck supports your head, which weighs about 10 to 12 pounds. The neck also contains several vital structures, such as your windpipe, food pipe, and spinal cord. Your neck is capable of an extensive range of motion in all directions. As a result, your neck is less stable than many other parts of your body. Also, your neck is affected by the movement of nearly every other part of your body. This puts your neck at a high risk of injury. A neck strain is an injury to the muscles and tendons of the neck.1
A mild neck strain may be nothing more than a slight annoyance. However, a moderate to severe neck sprain can cause you considerable pain and other symptoms. You may not be able to perform basic tasks like getting dressed or doing housework. A neck strain can affect your life at home and at work. It can prevent you from enjoying recreational activities.2 Luckily, most neck strains heal with exercise and conservative treatments at home.
In this informative guide, we explore the symptoms and causes of neck strain. We also look at some of the treatments that work. We guide you on how you can prevent neck strains in the future. Last but not least, we introduce you to some physical therapy exercises that can relieve your neck strain symptoms. The Injurymap app shows you how to do each exercise correctly. Please note that this guide has been written for your information only. It is not meant to replace medical advice. Please see a doctor if your neck strain is severe or your pain does not improve with home exercises.
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The most common symptom of neck strain is neck pain. The pain is usually localized to the neck. However, it can spread to the surrounding areas such as your head, shoulders, and upper back. Some people with neck strain experience a sharp, stabbing, throbbing pain. Other people describe a persistent dull, achy pain. Neck pain due to strained neck muscles can affect your concentration during the day. It can also disturb your sleep at night. The pain is typically worse when you move your neck.2 Certain activities, like working on a computer, watching TV, or reading may cause a flare-up of neck pain.3