What Does A Stiff Neck Feel Like?

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.