What is neck strain / sprain?
A neck strain is the result of damage to the muscle or tendons in the neck. A neck sprain refers to a tearing of the neck ligaments. It is important to distinguish between the two injuries, even though the cause and symptoms are often the same.
What causes neck sprain / strain?
The most common cause of neck sprains is a car accident. However, any incident that causes your neck to jerk forward or backward can result in the sprain. The injury occurs because the neck muscles and tendons over-stretch or tear, depending on the severity of the incident.
Neck strains frequently impact athletes, especially those who play contact sports. If you play sports such as soccer, basketball, football or rugby, the chances of you suffering neck strain are high.
What are the symptoms of neck sprain / strain?
Pain and a decreased range of motion in the neck. It may feel very tight, almost knotted. The pain could get worse when moving your head side to side, or forwards and backwards. Headaches near the base of the skull are another common symptom, as is tenderness.
What is the treatment for neck strain / sprain?
Treatment depends on the severity and the symptoms. Painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs can help alleviate symptoms. Also, a neck brace can help keep the neck in an upright position for a few days. Sports medicine can help ensure long-term recovery from neck strain after sports injuries.
If you are experiencing pain in your neck, you need professional treatment. Making an appointment with a sports medicine doctor at Spinal Rehab and Sports Medicine clinic will help your recovery. Dr. Bob Meyer will diagnose your condition and recommend the best form of sports injury treatment.