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Doctor insights on: I Have A Stiff Neck From Hitting My Head

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Dr. Mitchell Cohn
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Stiff Neck (Definition)

A stiff neck causes pain and discomfort with neck movement. Causes vary, and include muscle strains, ...Read more


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Need i be worried about pressure in the front of my head, a stiff neck, and mild dizziness after hitting back of my head on an ice rink two days ago?

Need i be worried about pressure in the front of my head, a stiff neck, and mild dizziness after hitting back of my head on an ice rink two days ago?

Yes: Symptoms like these deserve a full evaluation in person by your health care provider. It sounds like you have suffered a concussion and need to not exert yourself until symptoms are 100% resolved. See the cdc website for more info: http://j.Mp/12m6hk4. ...Read more

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I hit the back of my head on monday and its thursday night and the pain is getting worse on the back of my head and i have a stiff neck. ?

I hit the back of my head on monday and its thursday night and the pain is getting worse on the back of my head and i have a stiff neck. ?

Not uncommon: Similar to a car accident - you may feel worse several days after the accident. Did you lose consciousness? If so, then see your doctor for exam. Other concerning signs would be fuzzy thinking, headaches, dizziness, nausea, numbness / tingling in the hands or arms. If it is just stiffness and pain then I would see a chiropractor to help speed up the healing process. ...Read more

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Hit my head on the street yesterday. I have a mild concussion. Headache and dizziness better today. Have a stiff neck though. Should I go to er?

Hit my head on the street yesterday.  I have a mild concussion.  Headache and dizziness better today.  Have a stiff neck though.  Should I go to er?

Yes: You must rule out the possibility of bleeding into the brain. There is a well known lucid interval that may last for hours following a head injury. It would be wise to go to the emergency room and rule out the possibility of a sub dural bleed. ...Read more

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I hit my head last night, had a small bump. Woke up to a stiff neck. I don't have headaches or anything besides the stiff neck. Should I get it checked out?

I hit my head last night, had a small bump. Woke up to a stiff neck. I don't have headaches or anything besides the stiff neck. Should I get it checked out?

Not necessarily: In the absence of other symptoms, the wait and see approach to a stiff neck is ok. The bump is enough to explain minor muscle or connective tissue irritation contributing to the stiffness. Apply heat and get adequate rest/hydration and see if it improves. ...Read more

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I was hit on the head with a box that wasn't heavy. Before this i had stiff neck, shoulder, & back. What sign should I worry and should I see doctor?

I was hit on the head with a box that wasn't heavy. Before this i had stiff neck, shoulder, & back.  What sign should I worry and should I see doctor?

Knocked out.: If the box you and you were knocked out it is much more likely you may have a significant injury. We look for neurologic findings such as mental confusion, upset stomach, eyes focusing properly, ambulating properly. You could also have pain in your arms or loss of function in your arms. ...Read more

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I hit my head very hard on concrete last night, it was bleeding a lot and the paramedic cleaned it up, now foggy headed & very sore, stiff neck.

I hit my head very hard on concrete last night, it was bleeding a lot and the paramedic cleaned it up, now foggy headed & very sore, stiff neck.

Go to ER immediately: Given your stiff neck you need to be seen and examined today to make sure that there is no life threatening illness that is present such as a bleed. If that has been ruled out you could have a concussion since you hit your head hard on concrete. Good luck! ...Read more