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Dr. Mitchell Cohn
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Neck Strain (Definition)

Causes pain and discomfort with neck movement and can occur due to muscle strains, ...Read more


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Last week. I had stiff neck but since then I still have stiffness in my neck and in my shoulders?

Last week. I had stiff neck but since then I still have stiffness in my neck and in my shoulders?

Heat & exercises: Without more information, it is not possible to try to determine the cause of your pain. Would recommend trying an otc NSAID along with stretching exercises. If the pain persists then you need to see your pcp. ...Read more

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I'm having stiff neck and shoulder muscles. How can I ease the stiffness?

I'm having stiff neck and shoulder muscles. How can I ease the stiffness?

Massage: Try seeing a massage therapist. Through manual therapy (ie: stretching, massage etc) your stiffness may subside. If this does not help, see an orthopedist. Best of luck! ...Read more

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Fever and stiff neck, difficulty turning my head. Came on pretty suddenly and haven't had this stiffness before. Thoughts?

These are worrisome: Symtoms and may represent an inflammation of the meninges. You should be evaluated by a health care provider as soon as possible to exclude meningitis. Go soon and don't delay. ...Read more

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what are some remedies for stiffness? I currently have a stiff neck, ankle and knee from a combination of working out and looking down at my textbook

what are some remedies for stiffness? I currently have a stiff neck, ankle and knee from a combination of working out and looking down at my textbook

Hot water: Definitely! The Japanese knew about this centuries ago - hence their tradition of onsen. A hot bath or shower will do wonders! Of course rest and stretching of tired muscles even with some massage thrown in can do wonders. Best to 'listen' to your body... Pain is the language it uses to tell you 'stop doing' this or that. It helps to pay attention sometimes. Now I recommend taking it easy. ...Read more

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Tmj (no jaw joint damage on X-ray) -ear symptoms for over a yr-going. Now stiffness in front of ear+ stiff neck and fluttering in head. Will this go?

Tmj (no jaw joint damage on X-ray) -ear symptoms for over a yr-going. Now stiffness in front of ear+ stiff neck and fluttering in head. Will this go?

Classic TMJ signs: You may have an expansion of the muscular component of your TMJ condition. See a neurouscular dentist with extensive TMJ training. ...Read more

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What is the cause of a stiff neck?

What is the cause of a stiff neck?

Stiff enck causes: There are several muscles in the neck area and the ligaments over the cervical spine and the neck stiffness can be from any of these. The cervcial spine has discs and probelms wiht the disc themselves can cause the muscles around the neck to go into spasm as well. Auto accidents can cause this form the sudden jolt to the soine and the neck and upper back muscles. See you doc if it persists. ...Read more

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What causes a simple case of "stiff neck"?

What causes a simple case of "stiff neck"?

Usually positional: Tension is put on the neck muscles in an abnormal position....Maybe you slept in an unusualy fashion...Or you twisted to look at something and caused a spasm....Or. . ...Read more

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How does one correct a stiff neck caused by poor sitting postures?

How does one correct a stiff neck caused by poor sitting postures?

Better posture: First you need to see a physician to be certain your neck pain is caused by poor posture. Once that is established it may be helpful to meet with a physical therapist to teach you good body mechanics and ergonomics and give you a home expercise program. ...Read more

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Have stiff neck on left side for about a week what can be the cause of it?

Have stiff neck on left side for about a week what can be the cause of it?

Very common: Neck and lower back pain, are very common. In fact, neck and lower back pain accounts for the majority of doctor visits in this country. I am assuming, that you have not been in an accident, or injured your neck in any way, otherwise you would have stated that. The most common cause of neck and lower back pain, when it comes ona herniated disk, can also cause neck pain because of local instability. ...Read more

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Can nph cause a stiff neck?

Can nph cause a stiff neck?

Generally No: If you are concerned, I would evaluate your neck to other causes of stiffness. ...Read more

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What causes rid of a stiff neck?

What causes rid of a stiff neck?

Anti-inflammatory: You may want to try applying moist heat to your neck 2-3 times per day and start a short course of anti-inflammatory such as advil or aleve (naproxen). Make sure you have a good lumbar support if you sit in a chair several hours per day. This will help with posture and will reduce stress on the neck. If pain lasts greater than 2 weeks or worsens I recommend seeing your doctor. ...Read more

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Can sinusitis cause stiff neck?

Can sinusitis cause stiff neck?

No: Sinusitis in and of itself should never cause a stiff neck. If someone has a stiff neck, they should look for other causes. Sinusitis can progress, when very severe, and cause meningitis, which can present with meningeal signs such as neck stiffness. ...Read more

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Could a bad pillow cause stiff neck?

Could a bad pillow cause stiff neck?

Absolutely: Over or under extension of the neck, sleeping with the neck in a funny position, anything that keeps the neck in a less than neutral position can cause stiffness, with the pillow a likely suspect ...Read more

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Can swimming cause my constant stiff neck?

Can swimming cause my constant stiff neck?

Possibly: If you are not improving have your doctor order a cervical spine mri. Many times a herniated disc in the neck can cause pain especially if you have not improved with medications and physical therapy. If it is a herniated disc you may need evaluation from a spine specialist to determine what other options might be needed (injections, surgery, etc) to help reduce pain. ...Read more

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How can I help a stiff neck caused by poor posture?

Many ways: The first thing to do is to understand what good posture looks like. There are a number of resources for this but probably the best way to learn to take control of this yourself is to have a few sessions with a physical therapist who can teach you. Postural exercises looking in a mirror can help. One of my favorites is yoga which spends a great deal of time working on alignment. ...Read more

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I have a very stiff neck 2 days after an LP. Is this cause for concern?

I have a very stiff neck 2 days after an LP. Is this cause for concern?

Meningitis: Having significant symptoms after a procedure is cause for investigation. I hope you would call the doctor who did this procedure at once to let them know. I think you need to be seen today by a doctor to figure out what is wrong. If the LP was done 2 days ago, there should be some 'answers' for your case. Please call now, or go to the ER if no one answers the phone. ...Read more

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What muscles cause a stiff neck?

What muscles cause a stiff neck?

Stiff neck: Some are Trapezius, Platysma, Sternomastoid, Scalene muscles. ...Read more

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Is a stiff neck caused by a virus?

Is a stiff neck caused by a virus?

Maybe: Acute stiff neck is associated with meningitis, which is caused by either a bacterial or viral infection. Chronic stiff neck or cervical contracture is associated with neck arthritis or dystonia (cervical torticollis), neither of which is associated with a virus. ...Read more

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Can hypertension be caused by a stiff neck?

Can hypertension be caused by a stiff neck?

No: hypertension is for the most part silent unless bp is extreme high, well over 200 (top number), in which case it may cause sx such as headache or confusion, but never stiff neck. ...Read more

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Why does chronic sinusitis cause a stiff neck?

Why does chronic sinusitis cause a stiff neck?

Not sure: No direct correlation I can think of. Maybe the sinus condition is forcing you to sleep in an awkward position? ...Read more

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Will letting my baby sleep on his side cause a stiff neck?

Will letting my baby sleep on his side cause a stiff neck?

No; not a good idea: Letting your baby sleep on his side shouldn't cause a stiff neck, but this position is not recommended for sleep because of the risk of sids. Babies should sleep on their backs; the incidence of sids is lower than if babies sleep on their sides. ...Read more

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What causes a very stiff neck and my head to feel super heavy?

Neck arthritis: There are several joints and intervertebral discs in the neck. These can wear out over time leading to pain, stiffness, and headaches you can also get neck pain/stiffness from a muscle strain. See your physician if these symptoms do not clear up. ...Read more

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What cause stiff neck and how do you get rid of it its been going on for 3 days?

Stiff neck: Can be caused by a lot of things from muscle spasm from sleeping on it wrong, to a virus, to an irritated nerve, to arthritis or a disc issue. It would be difficult to know without more detail and an exam. In general try a heating pad and some nsaids and see if they help. ...Read more

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What are possible causes of stiff neck, and localized pain in the neck spine when I get up?

What are possible causes of stiff neck, and localized pain in the neck spine when I get up?

See below: This problem mandates a real-time (face-to-face) meeting with a doctor. A history has to be taken along with a examination as well as labs and other tests. Only after all this will your doctor be in a position to tell you what's wrong and what needs to be done to help you. ...Read more

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I get a stiff neck/shoulder about once a month. The pain decreases lasts a week. Changing pillows has not helped. What other reasons can cause this?

I get a stiff neck/shoulder about once a month. The pain decreases lasts a week. Changing pillows has not helped. What other reasons can cause this?

Neuritis: Sometimes there can be nerve irritation in the spine, in this case the cervical region. May want to see your doctor and have x-ray/MRI to see if there is possible disc/pressure on nerves coming out from that part of your spine. Also could be due to tension /stress that will give upper back/ neck spasms ...Read more

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Can thrush cause a stiff neck?

Can thrush cause a stiff neck?

Possible: You need to see a Provider to see if there is something else going on. Thrush does not usually cause a stiff neck. ...Read more

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What causes headaches with burning sensations, stiff neck, sharp pains, and nasuea?

What causes headaches with burning sensations, stiff neck, sharp pains, and nasuea?

Migraine vs Virus: I concur with dr silver. Most instances of meningitis are aseptic meningitis--usually virus inflaming the meninges. It is painful with stiff neck, ha & nausea, but it goes away like any other virus--rest, fluids, tylenol (acetaminophen) or Ibuprofen for pain. Red flags for something worse = high fever over 102f, somnolence, vomiting, seizure, or loss of strength, sensation, hearing or vision. Feel better soon! ...Read more

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Can stiff neck cause dizziness... My neck shoulder remains stiff next morning aftrr heavy badminton games.

Can stiff neck cause dizziness... My neck shoulder remains stiff next morning aftrr heavy badminton games.

Yes: Irritation to the neck and scalp muscles can give you headaches and dizziness. If your neck pain resolves after heavy muscle use but your other symptoms remain for more that a few days without improving I would suggest following with your doctor. ...Read more

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I always seem to have a very stiff neck ever since I was in a car accident. I do carry a 40lb backpack, but is that the cause?

Sounds more related: To whatever happened as a result of your motor vehicle accident rather than the backpack. About 40% of neck pain related to whiplash can last past 6 months even for years so if symptoms warrant it, get evaluated by a physician who has expertise in spine to assess you and recommend appropriate diagnostic tests and treatment. ...Read more

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Does neck degeneration cause stiff neck? Dizziness? What symptoms cpme from. This and what does it mean? Xrays showed it don't know what it is

Does neck degeneration cause stiff neck? Dizziness? What symptoms cpme from. This and what does it mean? Xrays showed it don't know what it is

Yes and no: Degeneration in the neck can cause neck pain, stiffness, headaches, and even pain running into the arm, but rarely dizziness. If dizziness is a primary symptom, you may need to look for other cause, such as for example a middle ear problem. ...Read more

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Does low iron cause sore stiff neck?

No: It can be associated with many symptoms burnt not this one. ...Read more

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What can be done about a stiff neck caused by poor sleeping posture?

What can be done about a stiff neck caused by poor sleeping posture?

Easy things first: Try over the counter anti-inflammatory meds like ibuprofen, heat pack, icy-hot or ben gay. If that doesn't work, try a massage. Finally if none of those work, you might want to see your primary md. A short course of muscle relaxant can help. Make sure you take steps to prevent a poor sleeping position in the future otherwise the symptoms will persist. ...Read more

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I have burning sores on the back left side of my scalp along with headache and stiff neck what could be the cause?

I have burning sores on the back left side of my scalp along with headache and stiff neck what could be the cause?

Headache/stiff nexk: You will need an evaluation by a physician and not knowing other details (e.g. How quickly symptoms are progressing, presence of fever, other infectious manifestations) would recommend this be done asap to consider meningitis. ...Read more

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Can a really stiff neck cause you to feel breathless when sitting up and your eyesight to be weird as well as shaky? No injury fever or anything else.

Can a really stiff neck cause you to feel breathless when sitting up and your eyesight to be weird as well as shaky? No injury fever or anything else.

Arthritis ; pain: If the pain in your neck is severe enough you may have some shortness of breath and visual disturbance. Xrays and neurophthalmologic consultation would be indicated to determine exact diagnoses. ...Read more

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I've been having pain under my left shoulder blade for almost 1yr. At first it's on and off. I suffered frm stiff neck 3x in 2 yrs. What cld b d cause?

I've been having pain under my left shoulder blade for almost 1yr. At first it's on and off. I suffered frm stiff neck 3x in 2 yrs. What cld b d cause?

See details: It could be referred pain from the neck or it could be a separate issue. Have the program evaluated, preferably by an orthopedist or rheumatologist. ...Read more

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Can Wilson's Disease effect your vitamin D or cause stiff neck?

Can Wilson's Disease effect your vitamin D or cause stiff neck?

Wilson's Disease: Wilson's disease or hepatolenticular degeneration is an autosomal recessive genetic disorder in which copper accumulates in tissues; this manifests as neurological or psychiatric symptoms and liver disease. It is treated with medication that reduces copper absorption or removes excess copper. It may affect the eyes, liver, heart and parathyroids. Not aware of Vit D associated or stiff neck. ...Read more