Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.


Tender Neck Overview

Another name for Tender Neck is Neck Tenderness.

What is neck tenderness?
A person with neck tenderness has discomfort when pressure is applied to the neck muscles or bones. Neck tenderness may be caused by injury, inflammation, or infection. Neck tenderness over the muscles is commonly associated with an injury, such as a muscle strain or a cervical sprain. Additional causes of neck tenderness include strep throat, parotitis, meningitis, and drug side effects.

What symptoms can accompany neck tenderness?
Symptoms that may occur with neck tenderness include neck pain, skin redness, neck swelling, neck muscle spasm, and neck stiffness. Additional symptoms may include fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, swollen glands in the neck, arm weakness, arm numbness, loss of bladder control, loss of bowel control, and an inability to walk.

How does the doctor treat neck tenderness?
Treatment for neck tenderness depends on the underlying cause. Treatment may include cold compresses, warm compresses, rest, oral fluids, antibiotics, a cervical collar, narcotic pain medications, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, muscle relaxants, and surgery.

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