Stiffness or pain in the neck area can be due to a few factors, but usually resolves itself within a few days.
Stiffness or pain in the neck area, either during normal position, or when the neck is turned in a certain direction.
Bad posture, injury and inflammation are common causes. In more severe cases, neck pain may be an indication of Rheumatoid arthritis, spondylitis or other musculoskeletal issues.
Neck pain should resolve itself in a few days – take a painkiller if the pain is unbearable, fix your waking and sleeping posture, ice the area, and move normally. If pain persists, or lumps, redness, swelling, or any other additional symptom develops within those few days, see a GP who can recommend imaging or other tests to detect underlying conditions.
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