Neck Sprain or Strain Overview
What is a neck sprain or strain?
A person with a neck sprain or strain has stretched, or torn, the muscles or ligaments in the neck. Ligaments are strong fibrous bands that hold bones together. The most common causes of neck sprain or strain include sport injuries and motor vehicle accidents.
What are the symptoms of a neck sprain or strain?
Symptoms of a neck sprain or strain include neck pain that worsens with movement, neck stiffness, neck muscle tenderness, neck swelling, and neck muscle spasms.
How does the doctor treat a neck sprain or strain?
Treatment for a neck sprain or strain includes rest, cervical collar, cold compresses for the first 48 hours, warm compresses, gentle stretching, massage, physical therapy, muscle relaxants, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain.
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