A kinked neck, also known as a crick in the neck, is a common condition that can cause pain, stiffness, and limited range of motion in the neck. It is often caused by muscle spasm or strain due to poor posture, sleeping in an awkward position, or excessive stress. It can also be caused by arthritis, disc herniations, or other underlying health conditions.
To treat a kinked neck, you can try the following self-care measures:
- Apply heat or cold to the affected area. Heat can help relax tense muscles, while cold can help reduce inflammation and numb pain.
- Gently stretch and massage the neck muscles.
- Take over-the-counter pain medication, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen, to help reduce pain and inflammation.
- Avoid activities that exacerbate the pain, such as excessive phone use or prolonged periods of sitting in one position.
- Practice good posture by keeping your head aligned with your shoulders and maintaining a neutral spine.
If the pain persists or is severe, you should see a doctor for further evaluation and treatment.