Does neck pain interfere with your day-to-day activities? If your neck is sore to touch or hurts to turn, our orthopedic experts can help you understand your neck sprain symptoms on the Central Coast of California.
It’s important to see your Dignity Health Central Coast doctor for ongoing or severe neck pain that interferes with your life. Consider urgent care if you were involved in any type of trauma, such as a car accident.
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Assessing Neck Sprain Symptoms at Dignity Health Central Coast
A neck sprain happens when your neck moves too far and stretches the ligaments. The impact from a car accident or fall can cause a neck sprain.
You may have heard of whiplash, which refers to a specific sprain caused when your neck moves back and forth very quickly. This can happen during a car accident, but other types of trauma also can lead to this type of neck sprain.
Your Dignity Health Central Coast doctor may diagnose your condition as a neck sprain if you have:
- Neck pain that gets worse with movement
- Muscle spasms
- Neck stiffness
- Headaches in the back of your head
- Tingling in your arms and hands
Neck Sprain Recovery Time
It’s important to see a Dignity Health Central Coast doctor for proper diagnosis of your neck sprain and to rule out a more severe orthopedic condition, such as spinal fracture.
Anti-inflammatory medicines, along with rest and ice, often will relieve symptoms of a neck sprain. Your doctor may have you wear a soft neck collar and suggest massage therapy to treat your symptoms and speed healing. The good news is that your neck ligaments will gradually heal with time.
There are a number of ways to prevent spraining and injuring your neck:
- Maintain good posture when sitting and walking.
- Make sure that the pillow you use for sleeping properly supports your neck.
- Check your work station to see if your equipment follows ergonomic principles .
For more information on neck sprain prevention and treatment on the Central Coast, talk to your Dignity Health orthopedic doctor for health care with humankindness.
Dignity Health’s award-winning orthopedic services treat neck conditions and injuries, including neck sprain, on the Central Coast of California.