Neck Pain : Pain From The Neck Muscles or Ligaments

Neck pain is a common disease that we often wake up in the morning with or experience at the end of a tiring day at work. It is usually a result of a minor strain or sprain and disappears with over-the-counter painkillers and symptomatic treatment at home. In some cases however, neck pain may be the result of a problem that requires emergency treatment.

Pain from the Neck Muscles or Ligaments

Strain or sprain: Strain and sprain of the neck muscles are among the most common causes of neck pain. The muscles of the neck may undergo strain due to poor posture, poor sleeping habits or an injury to the muscles. Stress can also increase the muscle tension resulting in neck pain. Symptoms include pain, stiffness and tightness in the neck and sometimes upper back and shoulders. The pain may last for up to 6 weeks and is relieved with muscle relaxants and painkillers.

Whiplash injury: A whiplash injury is usually caused by trauma, often during a motor vehicle accident that causes an abrupt excessive forward / backward movement of the spine causing sprain of the ligaments. Symptoms include severe pain, spasm and reduced movement of the neck.

Diffuse skeletal hyperostosis: Diffuse skeletal hyperostosis is a condition where the muscles and ligaments in the neck show abnormal calcifications. Patients may develop stiffness, pain and loss of mobility. The lower spine may also be involved.

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