Is it OK to exercise with a stiff neck?
As long as your doctor says it’s OK, you should start as soon as possible to ease stiffness and pain.
Don’t exercise if you have severe neck pain or weakness in your hands or arms.
If you get it while you exercise, stop right away and call your doctor.
How long does a stiff neck last?
When you have a stiff neck, the soreness and restricted range of motion can make routine activities difficult. Symptoms typically last from just a day or two to a couple of weeks, and may be accompanied by a headache, shoulder pain, and/or pain that radiates down your arm.
How do you loosen a stiff neck?
For minor, common causes of neck pain, try these simple remedies:
- Apply heat or ice to the painful area.
- Take over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
- Keep moving, but avoid jerking or painful activities.
- Do slow range-of-motion exercises, up and down, side to side, and from ear to ear.
What causes a stiff neck?
The most common causes of a stiff neck include:
- Minor sprains and strains. Share on Pinterest Sleeping in an awkward position can cause a stiff neck.
- Whiplash. More severe neck injuries can cause whiplash.