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Neck Stiffness

Neck stiffness causes difficulty in moving and soreness of the neck. The common causes are sleeping in a wrong position, injury to the neck, poor posture while sitting, keeping the neck in an awkward position for a long time, and any pathology in the cervical spine.

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I am a 33-year-old active female who has developed pain and stiffness in the neck after a bike ride. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 33-year-old active female. A few days ago I went for a bike ride on a cold morning and I felt pain and stiffness in my neck. It got better in four days so I went for a freestyle swim. It did not hurt after the swim but by the next day, I was motionless. I did my best to stretch...  Read Full »

James F. Geiselman

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. Based on your description, it is unlikely that this is a simple sprain or strain. Since you are still experiencing issues since ten weeks after your initial injury, it is unlikely that your pain will go away on its own. I would suggest...  Read Full »

I have been having a stiff neck for about more than a year. Could it be due to something serious?

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 19-year-old female weighing 135 lbs, and my height is 4 feet. I have been having a stiff neck for about more than a year, and I am afraid it could be something serious. I have had this issue for over a year. Please help.  Read Full »

James F. Geiselman

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your query and concern. First, let me begin by saying how sorry I am to hear you are having a stiff neck. Now to answer your question, I would need more information. How long has it been happening? Can you touch your chin to your chest? Can you bend your ...  Read Full »

Will vitamin D deficiency cause joint pain with neck and shoulder stiffness?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 18-year-old. I have chronic pain in joints and morning stiffness. I have normal C3, C4 blood work. My vitamin D level was 12.6 ng/ml before and at present it is 28 ng/ml.  Read Full »

Dr. Patil Mahaveer Jingonda

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through your message and understand your concern. You seem to have weak bones and vitamin deficiency. That is causing bone and joint pains. You need to take supplements and symptomatic treatment.  Read Full »

Please suggest some ayurveda remedy for blurred vision.

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 30 year old male. I am suffering from blurred vision. I could not focus properly. Also, I have dizziness and stiffness in the neck, which sometimes continues for the whole day. An MRI brain was done and it was normal. The blood tests including thyroid profile, LFT, KFT, vitamin D a...  Read Full »

Dr. Arul Amuthan L

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Since, you have not mentioned your occupation or nature of work, diagnosis and drugs whichever you taken already, I am not able to get any clue about your condition. There are many possibilities for your conditions. Eyesight problem. It leads to eye pain, headach...  Read Full »

I have a stiff neck, and some movements cause my neck to spasm and feel being pinched. What should be my sleeping position?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a stiff neck, and some movements cause my neck to spasm and feel like something is being pinched. Which position should I sleep in tonight?  Read Full »

Jay Indravadan Patel

Answer: Hello, Welcome to This appears like a muscle spasm. Doing hot water fermentation and gentle kneading massage should release the neck spasm and make it comfortable to lie down flat without the pillow. With the help of gravity, the stiffness will reduce overnight, and you should be fine. ...  Read Full »

I have a heavy neck and lifting head when lying is difficult. Please advise.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 22 year old male. I have a very heavy neck from the last seven months. When lying in the supine position, lifting the head up is very difficult (as if something is pulling from behind). While standing and looking up at the ceiling, I get a cracking sound which is quite loud and ...  Read Full »

Sreenivasa Rao

Answer: Hello, Welcome to In my opinion, with the limited narration that you have provided to me in your query, I feel you have less stability in your core muscles. You should maintain posture while driving which can be achieved by placing a pillow behind your low back (in case you drive the...  Read Full »

My neck cracks every time I turn it. What could be the reason?

Query: Hello doctor, My neck cracks every time I turn it. Been going on for about two years. There is pain daily. I have never been to a chiropractor. It is tense, and my head sometimes feels heavy.  Read Full »

Sreenivasa Rao

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Neck cracking could be due to bad posture loading your facet joint. So, while sleeping and otherwise, maintain good posture. Symptoms are due to upper neck structures involvement. If it bothers you too much, go for a couple of chiropractic mobilization. Otherwise, ...  Read Full »

How do I cure my burning upper back pain between the shoulder bones?

Query: Hello doctor,I have a burning-like pain in the upper back of my body between the shoulder bones. It happens almost every day after sitting for a long or when I lie down for quite some time. What could this be?  Read Full »

Sreenivasa Rao

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The burning sensation in the upper back could be due to chronic bad posture and imbalance of the chest and back musculature strength. I recommend you kindly check your posture and maintain it. Do some retraction exercises to help your upper back and neck. Sometime...  Read Full »

I have neck stiffness and pain near the shoulder blades. What should I do?

Query: Hi doctor, My back, upper or middle, has a lot of tension, and the neck is very stiff, which must be 'cracked' to relieve it temporarily. Pain near the shoulder blades and tension in the middle back near the spine. My x-ray findings are normal. What should I do next?  Read Full »

Sreenivasa Rao

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. Your current problem is most likely neck stiffness, specifically levator scapula stiffness. It is pulling your shoulder blades and tensing the muscles in your upper back. I recommend you apply cold compression around the neck's nape once eve...  Read Full »

What could be the reason for weak arms, tingling in fingers with neck and back stiffness?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 44-year-old male and I weigh about 85 kg. I have neck pain especially at the sides and arm for the last one year. My left arm feels weaker. Sometimes I feel tingling in random fingers. I have morning neck and back stiffness also. Please guide to a set of exercises that I can ...  Read Full »

Jani Hemang Sudhakarbhai

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through your query. As you mentioned, you are suffering from neck pain which shows as nerve pain as per your experience. As your complaints are left arm feels weaker, sometimes tingling in random fingers with morning neck and back stiffness, I feel it is com...  Read Full »

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