A high-speed trauma or fall can cause the ligaments in your neck to stretch too far. The painful result is an orthopedic condition known as a neck sprain. Whiplash is a common type of neck sprain caused by a very fast back and forth neck movement.
Dignity Health Central California orthopedic doctors can help diagnose your neck condition using a philosophy of care, dignity, and respect. For treatment with humankindness for a neck sprain in Central California, Find a Doctor today.
Identifying Neck Sprain Symptoms at Dignity Health Central California
You may have a neck sprain if you feel neck pain that gets worse when you move your head.
Other neck sprain symptoms include:
- Stiff neck
- Headaches in the back of your head
- Pain that gets worse with movement
- Muscle spasms
- Tingling in your hands and arms
See your doctor if you neck pain is severe, does not go away, or gets in the way of your daily activities. This is especially important if you have been in an accident or have experienced any type of trauma.
What to Expect with Neck Sprain Treatment & Recovery Time
Your Dignity Health Central California doctor may order an X-ray to see the bones in your neck and rule out a more serious injury, such as a spinal fracture. Once diagnosed, neck sprain treatment involves rest, ice, and anti-inflammatory medications. A soft neck collar can help ease pressure on the ligaments that support your head.
Most neck sprains heal with time, usually over four to six weeks. A severe neck sprain may take a while longer. Massage can help your neck heal faster and provide additional comfort.
There are a number of ways to prevent neck sprains, including:
- Use good posture when you sit and walk.
- Adjust your bed pillow so that it supports your neck.
- Make sure your chair and desk at work support your body.
Talk to your doctor for personalized tips on preventing a neck sprain.
Dignity Health Central California’s orthopedic doctors treat neck conditions and injuries, including neck sprain, in Bakersfield, Merced, San Andreas, and Stockton, CA.