How does a stiff neck feel?
Your neck feels tight and tense, and it’s uncomfortable, maybe even impossible, to move it from side to side or up and down. And a stiff neck often seems to linger on and on. Most often, a stiff neck is caused by strain on the soft tissues of your neck, but it can be a symptom of many problems and shouldn’t be ignored.
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.
When should I worry about a stiff neck?
With that said, see a doctor if your neck stiffness comes along with any of the following:
- Severe pain shooting down your arms.
- Weakness, numbness, or tingling in your arms or legs.
- Problems controlling your bladder or bowels.
- Balance issues.
- Sudden clumsiness.
- A recent accident or injury.
- Severe headache.