Neck Stiffness

Neck stiffness causes difficulty in moving and soreness of the neck. The common causes are sleeping in a wrong position, injury to the neck, poor posture while sitting, keeping the neck in an awkward position for a long time, and any pathology in the cervical spine.

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Can teeth grinding result in tension headaches with tight neck and jaw muscles?

Query: Hi, hope you are well. I have been struggling with disequilibrium/off balance feeling for a few years now. Never fell. I went to an ENT and had a examination which ruled out bppv as well as an MRI of my brain and ears to rule out any organic causes. All came back normal. I do suffer from tension hea...  Read Full »


Dr. Sreenivasa Rao

Physiotherapist

Answer: Hello, I read your concern.. In my opinion you would had have a upper cervical problem.. Could be aspondylosis or degeneration of vertebra with dysfunction.. Nothing to worry.. All you need to get is properly assessed for the concrete diagnosis.. And work with a good physio for proper mobilisatio...  Read Full »

What could cause stiffness in back without muscle weakness and morning joint pains?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 37-year-old male. I am an IT employee with chronic back muscle tightness but no pain at all in the thoracic region along the spine between shoulder blades and lats and traps and neck area for six months. It started with mild discomfort and progressed slowly. When side bending o...  Read Full »


Dr. Prakashkumar P Bhatt

Internal Medicine Physician, General Medicine Physician, Neurologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Stiffness in the upper and middle back and shoulder blade muscles without any weakness and joint pain which is more in the morning hours. MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) spine shows some degenerative disc diseases and you also tried muscle relaxant without any impro...  Read Full »

Why do I get irritation type of headache and neck stiffness with prolonged lying?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a headache in my upper part of the head. I do not know if it is connected with my neck because I had stiff neck due to my sleeping position. Well I lay down to bed most of the time due to quarantine and after I had that stiff neck I had this. It is not actually a headache, I gu...  Read Full »


Dr. Mahendra Thakre

General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to iclinq.com. I understand your concern. I need to know more about your headache. How and when does it start? Is it unilateral or both sides? Is it intermittent or continuous or any diurnal variation? Any aggravating or relieving factors? Light or noise sensitivity? Does it associate...  Read Full »

What could be the reason for weak arms, tingling in fingers with neck and back stiffness?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 44-year-old male and I weigh about 85 kg. I have neck pain especially at the sides and arm for the last one year. My left arm feels weaker. Sometimes I feel tingling in random fingers. I have morning neck and back stiffness also. Please guide to a set of exercises that I can ...  Read Full »


Dr. Hemang Sudhakarbhai Jani

Fitness Expert, Physiotherapist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your query. As you mentioned, you are suffering from neck pain which shows as nerve pain as per your experience. As your complaints are left arm feels weaker, sometimes tingling in random fingers with morning neck and back stiffness, I feel it is com...  Read Full »

I need an opinion regarding my neck x-ray.

Query: Hi doctor, I need an opinion regarding the x-rays of my neck. I met with two car accidents and have chronic neck pain and stiffness. What could be wrong?  Read Full »


Dr. Atul Prakash

Fitness Expert, Orthopaedician And Traumatologist, Physiotherapist, Spine Health Specialist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your x-ray (attachment removed to protect patient identity). I will recommend sending me a detailed history and clinical examination findings as well as I would like to recommend an MRI cervical spine. Flexion and extension views look normal except C4...  Read Full »

What causes neck and shoulder stiffness while lying?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 30-year-old female. I do not have any medical issues that could associate with my problem. About a month ago I woke up to pain and stiffness in my neck and shoulders. I figured I just slept wrong or something little like that. But every single night since then, I have been woke...  Read Full »


Dr. Ankush Gupta

Criticalcare Physician, Family Physician, General Practitioner, Diabetologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The symptoms you have explained points towards arthritis. It can be osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis depending on the joints involved and the duration of morning stiffness. Usually, in rheumatoid arthritis, morning stiffness remains for more than 45 minutes and...  Read Full »

Will vitamin D deficiency cause joint pain with neck and shoulder stiffness?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 18 years old. I have chronic pain in joints and morning stiffness. I have normal C3, C4 blood work. My vitamin D level was 12.6 ng/ml before and at present it is 28 ng/ml.  Read Full »


Dr. Mahaveer Patil

Family Physician, General Practitioner, Orthopaedician And Traumatologist, Physiotherapist, Spine Health Specialist, Spine Surgeon

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your message and understand your concern. You seem to have weak bones and vitamin deficiency. That is causing bone and joint pains. You need to take supplements and symptomatic treatment.  Read Full »

Will cervical syrinx at C6 cause pain and numbness in neck and hands?

Query: Hello doctor, I am having significant neck pain that goes out into my shoulders a bit. Pain is accompanied by severe stiffness. Also, my hands have been falling asleep about seven or eight times a week (roughly) and even ache a bit. I thought I might be dealing with a pinched nerve, but all my s...  Read Full »


Dr. Sadaf Mustafa

General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. It may very well be the syrinx. A syrinx can cause pain and temperature sensory deficits to occur early but may not be recognized for years. Syringomyelia typically causes numbness, weakness, atrophy, and often fasciculation, and reduced reflexes of the hands and a...  Read Full »

I have chronic neck and back pain with severe neck stiffness. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I have chronic neck and back pain that can cause either severe neck stiffness or sharp pain. Most of the pain seems to originate in the front of the neck (SCM muscle) or the cervical spine area. Pain radiates to mid-back and causes spasms of my shoulder blades. Lots of popping when tu...  Read Full »


Dr. Vaibhav Ramesh Gandhi

Orthopaedician And Traumatologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have studied your case. Due to compression of this nerve root, there can be a sharp pain in your arm and back with a shoulder. I will advise you to send your MRI cervical spine for better diagnosis. For these symptoms, analgesic and neurotropic medication can be star...  Read Full »

Can cervical spondylosis cause dizziness?

Query: Hi doctor, I am suffering with severe dizziness. Please help.  Read Full »


Dr. Anshul Varshney

Criticalcare Physician, Diabetologist, General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician, Medical Gastroenterologist, Nephrologist, Pulmonologist, Rheumatologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. In order to give you a better treatment plan, I would like to know few more details. Are you a male or female? What is your age? Since when are you suffering from dizziness? And how severe it is? Do you have any vertigo? Or any history of visual or sle...  Read Full »

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