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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Dr. Nagaraj Patil

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Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq .com. I can understand your concern. It looks like you have a whole lot of symptoms. It is almost seven years that you are experiencing the symptoms, which are increasing as the days or years passed. I have few questions before I suggest anything. Are the medicines you ar...  Read Full »

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

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Dr. Sreenivasa Rao

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Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your concern. In my opinion, you would have had an upper cervical problem. It could be spondylosis 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 physi...  Read Full »

How to get rid of neck stiffness and pain due to a pinched nerve?

Query: Hi doctor, I have neck pain on the right side of my head below my ear. I have extreme stiffness in my neck with constant burns or aches. The initial injury was caused by the exercise done during therapy and I did it to strengthen my upper back. When I did this exercise on my own, I overdid it and i...  Read Full »


Dr. Atul Prakash

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Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Yes, you can have a pinched nerve in the neck and continue taking anti-inflammatory tablets. In addition, you can take tablet Pregabalin 75 mg twice daily and it helps for the nerve symptoms. You can do gentle range of motion exercises on the neck for two to three weeks...  Read Full »

What does white spots on the brain MRI indicate?

Query: Hello doctor, My MRI scan shows two white spots on the brain. Radiologist report was sent to the neurologist. Please review. I presented with nerve pain all over my body about two years ago. That was chronic but largely in the background and not noticeable. Six months ago, I developed pain in my ...  Read Full »


Dr. Ismail Kabakus

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Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The uploaded images are flair images, which are very sensitive to brain lesions (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Those white spots you pointed are called white matter hyper-intensities. White matter hyperintensities or lesions are frequently ...  Read Full »

I am not able to sleep with neck stiffness. What could help me?

Query: I'm at my wits end, the doctors in my area don't care anymore. It's here some pain meds, have a great day. But, I'm getting so much worse. Long story short my neck locks up completely. If I keep my neck in a position more than a minute, it gets so tense, and painful. The only way to relieve it is ...  Read Full »


Dr. Atul Prakash

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Answer: Hello Seeing the report I will agree with your doctor that the conditions you mentioned are actually not seen on the MRI but the problem you are facing is real. You have not mentioned the medications and also not mentioned the exact therapy you have had. I will recommend that you have manual thera...  Read Full »

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

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Dr. Prakashkumar P Bhatt

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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?

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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 »

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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

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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

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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 »

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