A neck sprain happens when a force makes a muscle or ligament stretch more than it should.
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Problems may be:
- Neck pain and stiffness that gets worse with movement, especially in the back of the neck
- Shoulder and upper back pain and muscle spasms
- Headache, especially in the back of the head
- Lightheadedness and dizziness
- Ringing in the ears
- Tingling or weakness in the hands or arms
- Problems sleeping
Treatment depends on how severe the sprain is and the muscle or ligament involved. Options are:
Medicine may be given, such as:
- Over the counter or prescription pain relievers
- Topical pain medicine, such as creams, gels, or patches that are put on the skin
- Muscle relaxants
Support can include:
- Resting the area
- Applying ice pack to ease pain and swelling
- Therapy to help with strength and range of motion
This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.
Edits to original content made by Denver Health.
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