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Did You Wake Up with a Stiff Neck? Understanding the Pain

 

Waking up with a stiff neck can be a distressing experience, often accompanied by sharp pain and restricted movement. If you don’t suffer from  pins & needles or numbness down the arm, and you didn’t participate in any heavy lifting activity the day before, then this is most likely a very common muscular problem. Usually, the pain is concentrated on one side. This is a muscular spasm that starts overnight due to a "stressed" neck position. You might also feel pain around your shoulder blade, as some of the neck muscles are connected to it. This discomfort can exacerbate the already challenging symptoms. However, there are several steps you can take to alleviate discomfort and promote recovery:

 

1. Apply Heat: Start by taking a hot shower and directing the stream of water onto your neck for 5-10 minutes. The warmth can help relax tense muscles and ease stiffness.

 

2. Gentle Movement: After the shower, while your neck is still warm, attempt gentle movements towards the restricted movement. Avoid sharp pain but don't be alarmed by aching sensations, as they are typically manageable.

 

3. Avoid Prolonged Positions: Try not to remain in the same position for extended periods, especially sitting, as this can cause muscles to stiffen further. Regularly changing positions can prevent worsening of symptoms.

 

4. Consider Topical Treatments: If permitted by your healthcare provider, you may find relief by applying a deep heat or anti-inflammatory cream to the affected area. Follow the recommended guidelines for safe usage.

 

5. Stay Active: Continue with light activities and general movement to prevent excessive stiffness, but be cautious to avoid exacerbating sharp pain.

 

If after three to four days your symptoms persist or worsen, it's advisable to seek professional assistance. In our clinic we can offer tailored treatments to expedite recovery, such as releasing muscle tension, mobilizing and stretching the affected joints, and improving overall mobility.

 

Remember, addressing a stiff neck promptly can often prevent further discomfort and facilitate a quicker return to normal activities.





*the article does not replace medical advise

 

 

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