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Cracked neck to left, knot type stiffness with pain. Solution for pain?

I had cracked my neck to the left today and almost instantly after I heard a crunching fluid type of sound. When I brought my head back to position I felt pain on the left side and it quickly stiffened. I couldn t move my neck to the left at all and then I became dizzy. After a short time the dizziness and lightheadedness went away but my neck was still stiff. I took some tylenols and gave my neck some support - it seems a bit better however my neck still has a knot type of stiffness to it. What might it be and what should I do? I can turn it a little more however I still have pain.
Asked On : Sat, 22 Dec 2012
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Feb 2014
Hi and welcome to HCM

From the description that you have provided, it seems that you have suffered a muscle sprain . You need to provide rest to the neck- preferably use a cervical collar. Avoid massaging the area. Doing a hot fomentation will be helpful. Avoid all overhead activities and do not use a pillow.
In case the pain is persistent even after taking a mild pain killer, then you might need stronger prescription medicines like muscle relaxants after consulting your orthopedician.

Hope this will helps you. Take care.
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Answered: Fri, 9 Aug 2013
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