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Remedies for a crick in the neck

Crick in the neck is stiffness in the muscles surrounding the lower neck and the shoulder blade. This condition is different from chronic or regular pain in the neck. This crick in the neck is more of stiffness and pain and causes temporary limited range of movement. There is difficulty moving the neck in different directions and the arm on the affected side can also be affected.

Symptoms of crick in the neck

  • Pain in the neck that spread from the neck, down the shoulder and into the arm which depends on the severity of the condition.
  • Difficulty in moving the head
  • Swelling
  • Numbness and tingling sensations in the arms
  • Severe pain in the back and the shoulders

Causes

crick in the neck

Pain in the neck that spread from the neck, down the shoulder and into the arm which depends on the severity of the condition.

  • Position of the head that result to excessive straining of the ligaments and muscles such as sleeping with the head in an awkward position and using unsupportive pillow.
  • Activities during work and play such as staring at a computer screen or frequent can strain the neck.
  • Muscle spasms
  • Injury on the facet joints which function for the stability of the spine
  • Irritation of the nerve in the cervical area of the spine or cervical radiculopathy.

Treatment

  • Take prescribed pain medications to relieve the pains in the joints.
  • Apply a heating pad to the affected area for at least 8-10 minutes to loosen stiffness of the area and lessen the pain. Place a wet damp cloth between the skin and the heating to prevent burns and delays the healing. Another alternative is placing some uncooked rice inside a clean sock and place it inside the microwave for at least 30 seconds. Place the “rice sock” in the area to relieve the neck and the shoulder of the pain.
  • Stand under a hot water as hot that can be tolerated. The hot water massage relaxes the neck and conditions the muscles. Another alternative is taking a long hot bath is also good for the condition.
  • Perform gentle stretching to loosen nerves from the stiff muscles. Swing the head gently from side to side and the roll the head forward and circle the head around. Another is lying flat on the back, and then raises the arms to the level of the shoulder and moves slowly the head from side to side. Breathe deeply while performing these exercises to lessen the stiffness of the muscles.

Tips

  • Performing regular exercises for the neck to keep muscle flexible.
  • Sleep in a proper bed, keep the neck in neutral position and use a pillow that makes the neck comfortable.
  • When working in front of a computer, keep head in a comfortable position and not tilted. Adjust the height of the monitor to level of the eye.
  • Take a rest from activities that puts plenty of strain in the neck.

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