Neck Pain or Stiffness

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Tomohiro Hamahata, MD

Orthopedic surgery

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  • I can't sleep because my neck hurts

  • Unable to turn my head at all even though there is no pain

  • Unable to turn my neck at all even though there is no pain

  • Neck pain gets worse when I stretch my neck upwards

  • Pain in the neck when moving head towards shoulders

  • Can't turn around to look because of neck pain

  • Neck pain gets worse when I face to the right

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Content updated on Sep 6, 2022

About the symptom

Neck pain is discomfort or pain in or around the spine beneath the head.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Dysphagia

  • Urinary incontinence

  • Chest pain during swallowing

  • Fever

  • Numbness of the body

  • Muscle weakness in the limbs

  • Neck pain / stiffness

  • Back pain

  • Low back pain

  • Numbness / sensory disorder

  • Swelling of the affected area

Possible causes

  • Tension headache

    A type of headache with band-like, pressing sensation at the forehead and sides. The causes include physical stress e.g. long periods of desk work and driving, or mental stress.

  • Chronic pain

    Pain that is ongoing and usually lasts longer than six months. This type of pain can continue even after the injury or illness that caused it has healed or gone away. It interferes with daily life and can lead to depression and anxiety.

  • Rheumatoid arthritis (RA)

    An inflammatory disease affecting multiple joints, especially in the hands and feet. The cause is autoimmunity (body's immune system attacking itself).

  • Shoulder periarthritis
  • Acute tonsillitis / pharyngitis
  • Gout / pseudogout
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Suppurative lymphadenitis

  • Influenza

Related serious diseases

  • Cervical cord injury

    Injury to the spinal cord at the neck level. This is often caused by falls or accidents.

Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom

  • Do you have neck pain or stiffness?

  • Is the affected area red?

  • Is the affected area swollen?

  • Do you have a fever?

  • Do you feel fatigued?

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Orthopedic surgery

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