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Woke up with a stuff neck, any quick cures?
« on: April 04, 2012, 10:14:36 am »
I woke up today, turned my head and "crack!" now I can't look up or turn my head sideways.
Does anyone have any suggestions for getting over this as quickly as possible?

Re: Woke up with a stuff neck, any quick cures?
« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2012, 10:21:45 am »
Don't look up or turn your head for a couple of days.... IGMC  ;D
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Re: Woke up with a stuff neck, any quick cures?
« Reply #2 on: April 04, 2012, 10:23:11 am »
It will probably just go, water-bottle (or ice!) may help, but I'd go to the doctor anyway.

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Re: Woke up with a stuff neck, any quick cures?
« Reply #3 on: April 04, 2012, 01:04:00 pm »
You may find that a neck extension is helpful. You can use a strong leather belt - under the chin, and loop the other end over e.g. a coathook on the door. Then gradually relax legs to let the chin/neck be stretched - this will ease the compression that has caused your problem.
Let us know how that goes.
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Re: Woke up with a stuff neck, any quick cures?
« Reply #4 on: April 04, 2012, 01:06:18 pm »
I do vaguely similar things involving sudden unexpected movements in awkward directions from my horse.  I hear that 'crack' and then I'm sore for a few days, with limited mobility in some directions.  I have been known to do the same simply getting out of bed, and once by...errr...not getting on my horse.

In conjunction with my chiro, I have come up with the following immediate plan (note that IANAD and you may wish to get checked out to ensure it is just soft tissue injury first and foremost):

First, ice the area.  This helps to reduce any potential inflammation and can reduce the pain somewhat as well.  15 minutes at a time is the last recommendation I had-any longer and the body starts to over-react to the cold by heating up the area, which counteracts the beneficial effect.  Obviously not ice straight on, put it in a tea towel or similar (I have a bag of peas that I use specifically for this, they are not for eating).  Ice every hour or so if you can, as often as possible if not.  Ice sprays can be nice, but are in my experience less painrelieving than actual ice.

Try to keep the area mobile.  This may mean taking painkillers (NSAIDS like Ibuprofen/Voltarol/Naproxen are good as they have a mild anti-inflammatory effect) so that you don't tense the area, which will make it worse.  What you don't want to do though is then overuse the area either, because you can't feel the pain courtesy of the painkillers!  Gentle mobilisation and relaxation are best.

Once you've got to 24 hrs after injury, heat can be used to ease the pain.  I often find that alternating cold and heat works really well for this.

Personally, I usually also go in and see my chiro asap, because in my experience that reduces my healing time by several days, but I am aware that not everyone thinks that this is a good idea.




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Re: Woke up with a stuff neck, any quick cures?
« Reply #5 on: April 04, 2012, 01:39:06 pm »
Take large doses of prescription painkillers and spend the next 48 hours or so lying in bed staring at the ceiling.  It's crap, but it's better than not being able to move your head for two weeks...
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Re: Woke up with a stuff neck, any quick cures?
« Reply #6 on: April 05, 2012, 12:38:45 pm »
Thanks for all the suggestions folks. Easing today, but I can see this is going to be a slow process.

Re: Woke up with a stuff neck, any quick cures?
« Reply #7 on: April 05, 2012, 01:05:54 pm »
Thanks for all the suggestions folks. Easing today, but I can see this is going to be a slow process.
Have you been to a physio?  It worked for me.
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Re: Woke up with a stuff neck, any quick cures?
« Reply #8 on: April 05, 2012, 01:07:29 pm »
You may find that a neck extension is helpful. You can use a strong leather belt - under the chin, and loop the other end over e.g. a coathook on the door. Then gradually relax legs to let the chin/neck be stretched - this will ease the compression that has caused your problem.
Let us know how that goes.
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