Neck strain

A neck strain involves excessive stretching or tearing of the neck muscle. A neck strain occurs when the head and neck is hit or moving in a forceful manner in contact sports or whiplash in falls or vehicular accidents. Oftentimes, the injury occurs from an awkward position while sleeping or poor posture while working in a desk.

What are the signs?

Generally, the usual indication of a neck strain is neck pain. Other signs that might be present include:

  • Discomfort when moving the head sideways or upwards and downwards
  • Spasm and tenderness of the neck muscles
  • Pain right after the injury or there is a delay for a few hours or days after
  • Dizziness
  • Stiff neck
    Neck strain

    The usual indication of a neck strain is neck pain.

  • Headache
  • Unusual sensations such as pins-and-needles or burning

Management of a neck strain

Generally, the doctor will suggest stretching and strengthening exercises along with other forms of physical therapy to promote healing.

In most cases, the pain often settles after a few weeks with self-care measures, but some cases might take some time to recuperate.

Some of the measures to relieve the discomfort include:

  • At first, application of an ice pack that has been covered with a towel or cloth on the site several times throughout the day.
  • Provide an over-the-counter pain medication as instructed by the doctor or based on the dosage instructions on the packaging.
  • Moist heat can also be used to promote the relaxation of the muscles as well as allow easier neck movement.

In addition, you can prevent a neck strain by making sure that the neck muscles are flexible and strong.

More Information / Disclaimer

The information posted on this page on a neck strain is for learning purposes only. Learn more about the causes and how it is treated by taking a standard first aid course with Vancouver First Aid.

FACT CHECK

https://www.webmd.com/back-pain/neck-strain-whiplash#1

https://www.spine-health.com/conditions/neck-pain/neck-strain-causes-and-remedies

https://www.emedicinehealth.com/neck_strain/article_em.htm

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