You may know the feeling. You wake up and struggle to turn your head without pain or it feels like your neck just won’t move as freely as normal. This can be alarming, but the condition is quite common. There are many reasons why your neck feels stiff. Here are some of the usual causes.
Strains, pulls and minor tears of muscles happen all the time, and can often occur in the neck region. Your cervical spine is connected to your shoulders by several muscles on the sides and back of your neck. Any of these can muscles to become strained from activities such as bad posture, a lack of support from your pillow(s) while sleeping, repeatedly turning your head to either side, and even stress can cause these muscles to tighten and strain. Over time any of these can cause damage to the joints.
You’ll usually know when an injury occurs based on the reduction in mobility, severity of the pain, and the length of time it takes to subside. The most common symptom are pain and stiffness. Injuries to the neck can be caused by accidents, falls, or sports and exercise activity.
Arthritis is simply inflammation in the joints, which is what typically causes pain and stiffness. As we get older, osteoarthritis can occur as the normal wear and tear on our joints increases. This is especially true of the neck area. The more motion an area of the body has, the more prone it can be to that wear and tear. An autoimmune disorder such as rheumatoid arthritis can also affect the neck joints and upper back which will cause stiffness and pain.
These are just a few of the more common causes of general neck stiffness. The amount of pain or decreased mobility are signs of the degree of the problem. If you are experiencing discomfort in your neck or back, visit our website or call 815-756-8691.
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