Neck and Upper Back


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Acute torticollis (Wry neck): a twisted or tilted neck

  • Symptoms: sudden soreness or tenderness, feeling like you slept wrong, usually on one side
  • Causes: sitting or sleeping in a position without proper neck support, poor posture, carrying heavy unbalanced loads

Cervical spondylosis: gradual wear and tear of the cartilage and bones of the neck

  • Symptoms: longer lasting neck pain, pins and needles feeling, numbness in the hands, occasional headaches, pain comes and goes with some symptom-free days
  • Causes: age-related wear and tear on the spine, lack of exercise, severe arthritis

Whiplash: a sudden jerking motion of the head

  • Symptoms: neck stiffness and tenderness, restricted mobility of the neck, headaches
  • Causes: sudden movement of the head such as from a car crash

Pinched nerve: pressure from surrounding bones, cartilage, or muscles disrupts a nerve’s normal function

  • Symptoms: pain in a specific area of the neck or back with pain radiating into the arms or legs, numbness, tingling, burning sensation, weakness during activity
  • Causes: repetitive motions, holding a joint in the same position for an extended period of time (such as sleeping with elbows bent)

Muscle spasm: muscles in the neck or back suddenly contract, giving a cramping feeling

  • Symptoms: sudden sharp pain in a muscle, usually resolves within a few minutes
  • Causes: dehydration, lack of stretching, electrolyte imbalance