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Gilti On Neck
Depends on reason: For the pain. If it is musculoskeletal origin, then rest, ibuprofen, massage. If it persists for more than a week time to see the doctor. Also, if you develop numbness or tingling or weakness in arms or legs, it means your nerves are affected, so you need to see the doctor. ...Read more
Resistance excercise: Just like any other muscle in your body resistance excercises will strengthen your neck muscles. You can do isometric excercises just holding your hand against your head and pushing or there are weight machines in gyms that will allow you to work against weigths while moving your neck. ...Read more
Neck hurts: Hello ~ neck pain when you awaken is undoubtedly due to some underlying cervical spine problem and then lying in an awkward position. Explore healthier pillows and try them out at B B &B Have a baseline xray of cervical spine and change pillow to a perceived more comfortable position and check back with xray resultas ...Read more
A crooked walk...: (old nursery rhyme, sorry) answer depends on ur meaning of crooked: misalignment/ subluxation best fixed by chiropractic or osteopath (do). If acutely angled to side/ twisted (/torticollis), need Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or other med to stop the reaction. If in between or din't want dc/do option, need md-dr visit for muscle relaxant, nsaid, cool compresses & physical therapy referral. ...Read more
No: There are many infants whose neck muscles will develop a tightening after the stresses of delivery. This is seen as they turn their head to the side of the stiffness. If they sleep that way it shortens the muscles and may need therapy. Older infants can develop a similar issue after some viral infections when the neck muscles become involved. Discuss with babies doc. ...Read more
No: The neck is composed of 7 vertebra. They don't lengthen or shorten. Perception of a short neck is from added muscle mass or adipose tissue in obese people. If you are exercising to build a lot of muscle, it might appear as if the the neck shortens. On the other hand, if you are exercising to lose weight, it may appear as if your neck will lengthen. ...Read more
The neck is held up by spinal bones, ligaments, tendons and muscles. Likely you have a tension type muscular skeletal dysfunction.
This is treated by OTC meds like Advil, Tylenol. Also good for headache.
Massage, chiropractic manipulation can also relax the muscles and realign the natural curve in your neck.
See a doctor if not better in 24 hours for examination. ...Read more
Needmore information: It could be many things...Not enough information to make an informed judgement. Here...Need to know more about the nature and timing and specifics of the pain...I suggest you make an appointment with your family doc for a good history and physical exam... ...Read more
Call the cops!: Most just get better with time but heat applications, gentle stretching while taking a hot shower, avoiding prolonged positioning as well as restricting some aggravating activities can help. Using a small pillow instead of several or one large one as well as usingtylenol or anti-inflammatories like Naproxen or ibuprophen can help as long as no Aspirin allergy, ulcer hx or use of blood thinners. ...Read more
Too vague: Much too vague a description. Some people have a pain in the neck and some people are a pain in the neck. Seriously, you have to be much more specific in describing any problem you have if you want some advice about it. ...Read more
Neck arthritis: There are several joints and intervertebral discs in the neck. These can wear out over time leading to pain. Degeneration of the joints or discs can cause neck pain, headaches, and sometimes shoulder pain. You can also get neck pain from a muscle strain. In some cases pain in the left side of the neck could be related to your heart so be sure to see your physician if your pain does not improve. ...Read more
See below: There are several joints and intervertebral discs in the neck. These can wear out over time leading to pain. Degeneration of the joints or discs can cause neck pain, headaches, and/or shoulder pain. Poor sitting posture can actually put more pressure on these structures increasing the pain. Be sure to have a good sitting posture or lumbar support to reduce these symptoms. ...Read more
Cure, Unlikely...: Pain can be managed effectively and can be relieved in a vast majority of people, but it will always require diligence on your part for nsaids, exercise, stretching and weight control/loss. For those still having issues it may require treatments (injections, surgery, etc) to maintain relief as well. ...Read more