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I have neck stiffness what do I do?
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Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
2 doctors agree
In brief: Muscles or joints
In the absence of a fever or other signs of infection, a stiff neck usually is the result of muscle hyperactivity or possibly arthritis.
Depending on your age, as always, you need a diagnosis. Heat, muscle relaxants, anti-inflammatory meds may help. But as i so often emphasize in these short answers, seek a diagnosis. Treatment will logically follow. Seeing a physiatrist comes first.

In brief: Muscles or joints
In the absence of a fever or other signs of infection, a stiff neck usually is the result of muscle hyperactivity or possibly arthritis.
Depending on your age, as always, you need a diagnosis. Heat, muscle relaxants, anti-inflammatory meds may help. But as i so often emphasize in these short answers, seek a diagnosis. Treatment will logically follow. Seeing a physiatrist comes first.
Dr. Bernstein Joel
Dr. Bernstein Joel
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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine
In brief: Heat, exercise
If you have a fever over 102º and neck is very stiff, see doc at once; you may have meningitis.
If temp is normal, apply moist heat to neck & shoulders; gently exercise the neck in all directions; massage may help relax muscles; osteopathic manipulation can relax muscles & correct spinal "lesions". Use nsaids (advil/motrin/etc if stomach tolerates them & you're not on a blood thinner) for pain.

In brief: Heat, exercise
If you have a fever over 102º and neck is very stiff, see doc at once; you may have meningitis.
If temp is normal, apply moist heat to neck & shoulders; gently exercise the neck in all directions; massage may help relax muscles; osteopathic manipulation can relax muscles & correct spinal "lesions". Use nsaids (advil/motrin/etc if stomach tolerates them & you're not on a blood thinner) for pain.
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Thank
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