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What are the Causes and Symptoms of Neck Sprain?

What are the Causes and Symptoms of Neck Sprain?

Dr Nidhi Kumari
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Sometimes the most frustrating part about turning back to say hello is the sudden stretch in the ligament. More or less, we all have experienced neck sprains, and we know that it is not a big deal, but it might lead to specific difficulties. This article clarifies about neck sprain causes and symptoms.

What is a Neck Sprain?

A neck sprain results from a stretched ligament or muscle in the neck. It can occur without any obvious injury. Often the most common cause of a neck sprain is sudden impact by any heavy object or snapping or turning of the neck quickly.

One should not be worried about an acute neck sprain. It easily recovers on its own even without any intake of medicines.

It is often known as a ‘whiplash injury’.

Initial treatment for neck strains can be performed at home, which includes improving sleeping and working postures, sleeping on a suitable pillow, activity modification, heat and ice therapy, and taking over-the-counter medicines. (note: it is advisable to contact a doctor before trying out the medications)

For neck strains that don’t resolve after a few days on their own, therapies like physical therapies, and massage therapies are performed.

Causes of a neck sprain

Sprains are generally not caused due to obvious reasons. But it can result due to specific side effects.

  1. Wrong sleeping postures or sleeping with a pillow that is high and firm.

  2. The quick snapping of the neck.

  3. Carrying heavy objects on one shoulder or one side of the body.

  4. Trauma can often result in stiffness of the neck and its movement.

  5. An extended period in an improper position.

  6. Working out in the wrong postures.

  7. Collision or fall.

  8. Injury

  9. Repetitive strain injury in the same region.

  10. Surgery

  11. Side effects of bone fracture.

Symptoms of a Neck Sprain
SYMPTOMS OF A NECK SPRAIN

The common and most widely seen symptoms are listed below:

  1. Immediate effects are dizziness, ringing in the ear, and fatigue.

  2. Pain in the back of the neck.

  3. The pain often spreads to the shoulder and increases as the neck is moved.

  4. Difficulty in moving and rotating the head.

  5. Stiffness and numbness in and around the neck.

  6. Numbness in the hands and arms.

  7. Discomfort and increased irritability.

  8. Restricted movement range.

  9. Weakness of the region in and around the neck.

  10. Often swelling in the neck region.

Exercises that can help to make the neck sprain better
Exercises for neck sprain

Please Note: The above-mentioned exercises are effective in most cases. It is advisable to contact your doctor before doing any exercises.

While doing the exercises, the patient must remember that they should move their neck as much as the sprain allows. Forced movement may lead to more soring.

What are the factors that the patient should keep in mind after a neck sprain?

1. To stay active: complete bed rest can cause more harm. So, it is better to be physically active and to indulge in light tasks. It is recommendable to avoid heavy tasks like lifting heavy weights, carrying heavy bags, etc.

2. Starting slowly: when starting any new activity or sport, the process should be taken slowly and shouldn’t be thought to be achieved in one single go. Muscle strength builds up gradually, and performing it at a manageable pace will ensure safety.

3. Focusing on postures: focusing on working, sleeping, walking, and eating postures.

4. Taking breaks: taking breaks between repetitive activities or strenuous tasks.

5. Getting a good sleep: getting good sleep in proper posture on a low pillow can help in faster recovery.

6. Gentle exercises: doing gentle neck exercises can help it to recover faster. One should remember that they shouldn’t put extra pressure that they cannot bear. Or else, it will cause more harm to the already strained region.

It nearly takes about a week or two to recover from the sprain if properly treated. Also, the period of recovery can vary from person to person. It depends on many factors like how active they were, the extent of the sprain, what lifestyle they are leading, diet, sleeping schedule, working environment, and many more.

If the pain doesn’t go away even after taking medications, one should surely contact their doctor or can book a consultation with us at resolve360 for further examinations. Also, returning quickly to normal daily activities from a neck strain can increase the risk of getting it again. Sufficient recovery time should be given to rejuvenate the strained muscles.

One can also browse youtube and see certain videos to know better what they are going through and what can be done, which will benefit the neck sprain.

How can Resolve360 help you deal with Neck Sprain?
  1. Resolve360 is a promising online platform, where one can receive treatment at the comfort of their own home. 

  2. Sick patients don’t need to worry about traveling long distances to diagnose.

  3. The patients can save up the time and can utilize that time to take care of themselves.

  4. Live sessions are conducted so that the patients can have a face to face interaction with their assigned doctors. 

  5. Building trust is really important. So, we always try our best to provide the maximum support to the patients to make them feel comfortable. 

  6. We always schedule the timings of the meetings based on the patient’s preference. Rescheduling can also be done if there are any problems.

  7. When a patient comes to our doctor it becomes the responsibility of our doctor to give them a healthy life.

  8. We guarantee that the doctors will never leave their patients. 

  9. The patients can openly talk about their problems and we assure that the information will be between the patients and the doctors only. 

  10. Our doctors plan every step necessary for their patients, starting from planning out exercises to drafting their diet charts. 

  11. The doctors on the platform are extremely reliable and are certified professionals with experience. 

  12. It is a platform that provides solutions to every problem, starting with home remedies to prescribed medications. 

  13. The patient’s trust is our confidence!

There is free access to knowledge and consultation. For further details, don’t forget to contact us! We will take extreme pride in serving you! Happy recovery!

Disclaimer: The above-mentioned remedies and medicines; are over the counter medicines and are effective in most cases. It is advisable to contact your doctor before taking any medications.

Dr Nidhi Kumari

Dr. Nidhi

She has persuaded her bachelor’s from SGT University, Gurugram, she has done her internship at Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, and persuade her Master in Physiotherapy from Chaudhary Charan Singh University, Meerut. She has previously worked with Orthocure clinic, Dr.Nasir physiotherapy rehabilitation, Quantum physiotherapy, and wellness center.

If you have more questions.

Dr Nidhi Kumari

Dr. Nidhi

She has persuaded her bachelor’s from SGT University, Gurugram, she has done her internship at Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, and persuade her Master in Physiotherapy from Chaudhary Charan Singh University, Meerut. She has previously worked with Orthocure clinic, Dr.Nasir physiotherapy rehabilitation, Quantum physiotherapy, and wellness center.

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