Neck strain shows with pain and stiffness when attempting to move or rotate the head. It may not always be considered to be a serious injury but the pain that it can cause can be debilitating. In this article, we will review the causes as well as some tips to alleviate the pain and stress of the neck.
The design of the spine and neck is a marvelous thing – it is able to support your head (which weighs about 10 lbs.) with ease, all while providing a full range of motion to turn, twist, bend, and move our head in a circular motion. Although this range of motion is beneficial for everyday movement, it is also what is so vulnerable about the region. It is susceptible to injury. Common movements that can strain the neck are:
Most neck strain injuries are minor and typically fade in a few days. It can, however, be difficult to live with in the meantime. Luckily, there are a few steps you can follow to alleviate your symptoms.