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

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.

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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.

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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?

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.

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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.

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Got a stiff neck for two weeks after I hit the shoulders workout in the gym & can't turn my head to the right side properly. How long will it to heal?

Got a stiff neck for two weeks after I hit the shoulders workout in the gym & can't turn my head to the right side properly. How long will it to heal?

Up to a week.: Symptoms typically last for a couple of days or a week. See your doctor to get some mussle relaxant and pain killer to fasten the healing.

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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.

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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.

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Hit my head two days okay. Now have a sore stiff neck. Should I go to physio or is it too soon?

Hit my head two days okay. Now have a sore stiff neck. Should I go to physio or is it too soon?

Wait a few days!: Not uncommon to pull neck muscles from a head blow. Take something like OTC naproxen. Wrap a warm towel around your neck. Or in a shower, rotate your neck with warm water flowing over it.

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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!

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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.

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Stiff neck prob from pillows fever nasal drip after head hit no knock out possible meningitis? Got the vaccine awhile ago

Stiff neck prob from pillows fever nasal drip after head hit no knock out possible meningitis? Got the vaccine awhile ago

Meningitis: Not likely. A blow to the head that would cause a cerebrospinal fluid leak and meningitis would cause a loss of consciousness. Sinusitis is the most likely cause for the fever and nasal drip. See an ear nose and throat specialist.

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Hit top of head getting out of the car 2 days ago. Been getting headaches & pressure around eyes & back of head & one sided sore/stiff neck. Normal?

Hit top of head getting out of the car 2 days ago. Been getting headaches & pressure around eyes & back of head & one sided sore/stiff neck. Normal?

Headache: You may have caused some damage in the tissues overlying the brain. I would suggest you see a position and get a definitive diagnosis

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Buckd off horse 9/7 hit back head. 9/8 sore stiff neck front. Swoll. Musc right side. Treating @ home. Is it worth get. Seen? Or is it muscle strain?

Buckd off horse 9/7 hit back head. 9/8 sore stiff neck front. Swoll. Musc right side. Treating @ home. Is it worth get. Seen? Or is it muscle strain?

Its definitely muscl: Strain BUT have it checked to ensure you haven't broken any bones in the C spine. If its was a simple strain, then its already been 2 months since injury and it should have been greatly improved. Besides soreness and swelling, are you getting any other symptoms? I suggest have it seen, so as to remove any doubt that a bony injury occurred. Good luck.

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Fell and hit my head on concrete floor 6 months ago. Have had a MRI and CT scan both are clear. I still have stiff neck, pain to turn my head, burning?

Fell and hit my head on concrete floor 6 months ago. Have had a MRI and CT scan both are clear. I still have stiff neck, pain to turn my head, burning?

? cervical spine: What was studies by CT and MRI, head or cervical spine. Your symptoms may be related to injury of cervical spine. Should be evaluated by physician with physical examination and appropriate testing.

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I have a small lump on left backside of neck. Near the ear feels like a bruise but didn't hit head, and top of scalp very tiny bumps. And a stiff neck?

I have a small lump on left backside of neck. Near the ear feels like a bruise but didn't hit head, and top of scalp very tiny bumps. And a stiff neck?

See your doctor: If you truly have a stiff neck--cannot touch your chin to your chest or move head from side to side, you must be seen urgently by your doctor or emergency room--if you have fever this becomes more urgent. If you have any scalp problems this may cause tiny bumps or if you pull your hair tight as some do for braids, this may be related. See your physician.

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Went to er- fainted, hit head on sidewalk and the ct was normal. Today I have stiff neck, really bad nausea and feel really sick to my stomach.?

Went to er- fainted, hit head on sidewalk and the ct was normal. Today I have stiff neck, really bad nausea and feel really sick to my stomach.?

Followup: I would probably be seen. Usually when you are seen in the ER, you are given a followup appointment with the specialist that was on call for the ER when you were there. You need to followup to reevaluate your symptoms.

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Headache worse lying down, woke with stiff neck, sore throat and my muscles are aching. Standing/ sit up headache gets better. Hit on head 3 days ago?

Headache worse lying down, woke with stiff neck, sore throat and my muscles are aching. Standing/ sit up headache gets better. Hit on head 3 days ago?

Orthostatic headache: These headaches tend to be postural, i.e when patient develops a headache while vertical and the headache is relieved when horizontal.