Neck Injury & Football
Neck Injury Explained
A highly common symptom, stiff neck may stem
from a variety of neck conditions. Although neck pain is present
along with stiffness that can impede movement, these symptoms
can be mere indications of a range of more serious ailments.
These ailments may include a disc prolapse (slipped disc),
a facet joint problem, an undiagnosed cervical fracture (broken
neck), among many other possible neck conditions.
The stiff neck is typically a result of sudden
contraction of the neck muscles. A possible indication of
an underlying neck problem, these spasms can also bring neck
Neck Signs & Symptoms
Commonly, people afflicted with Acute Torticollis
or Wry Neck awaken to a feeling of pain and stiffness in their
necks. However, it is also possible for your neck to stiffen
right after a sudden movement such as a powerful header. In
this condition, the neck will be firmly tilted to one side
and engaging it in any kind of motion will cause the existing
pain to escalate. It is also possible for the pain to spread
up the person’s neck or even down to the shoulders.
The neck muscles may also contract suddenly, bringing more
pain to the person.
What you can do
It is vital for conditions of the neck such
as injury to the discs or degenerative ailments be ruled out
since the true cause of Acute Torticollis is still not certain.
In order to make an accurate diagnosis, the patient must consult
a doctor and when necessary, seek a referral to a specialist.
A Chartered Physiotherapist may begin treatment of the condition
once procedures such as X-ray’s and MRI prove that there
are no other neck ailments present.
Manipulations and treatments must begin only
when the cause of the stiff neck has been correctly identified.
Attempts to treat the stiff neck through chiropractic manipulation
may be especially dangerous to those who have serious neck
problems which are yet to be diagnosed.
Stiff necks may be effectively treated through
gentle massages as well as motion exercises conducted by a
Chartered Physiotherapist. In these forms of treatment, the
physiotherapist applies gentle pressure to each neck vertebra.
This procedure loosens the vertebra and facilitates an increase
in the range of motion. A heat pack is another treatment that
may help with the stiff neck. The heat pack will aid in relaxing
the muscles that were in a spasm. Other ways of relieving
pain from the muscle spasm include gentle stretching exercises.
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Stiff Neck Prevention
What you can do
Stiff neck and the protective muscle spasms
are often indicators of underlying neck ailments such as Arthritis
of the neck and disc injuries. Good posture can help prevent
these conditions. However, for people who already have existing
neck problems, lying in bed may intensify neck pain and contribute
to more spasms. In order to stop the cycle of neck pain and
spasms, it is advisable to use a supporting neck pain pillow
which will provide effective support for the head and neck
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