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Article Home Adult and Senior Health Neck sprain

Neck sprain

Neck sprain refers to ligament sprain or muscle strain in the neck. It is associated with whiplash injury. It also occurs in sports injuries. A sprain is an injury to the ligament.


Signs and symptoms of neck sprain

  • Pain in the back of neck which increases with movement
  • Muscle spasms and pain in the upper shoulder
  • Delayed onset of pain after 24-48 hours after neck injury. Neck-
  • Headache
  • Neck stiffness
  • Decreased neck range of motion
  • Numbness in the arm or hand

Tests and diagnosis

  • X-rays of neck
  • CT scan of the neck

Treatment of neck strain

  • Massaging the tender area
  • Ultrasound
  • Cervical traction
  • Aerobic and isometric exercise
  • Pain killers like NSAID’s like acetaminophen, ibuprofen
  • R.I.C.E therapy including rest, ice, compression and elevation.

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