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

Answered by
Sreenivasa Rao
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Aug 27, 2018

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 is prominent at the left mastoid process and at occiput. There is no pain in the neck. Only heaviness. Neck has total range of motion. No radiating pain in hands and no tingling and numbness in hands. MRI neck shows disc herniation from C2 to C6 with no cord involvement.



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In my opinion, the disc prolapse is a finding on the MRI. Not to worry about it as it is not causing any compression on the spine or on neural structures.

  1. I would like you to do basic neck stretches.
  2. Do lots of icing.
  3. The most important thing is to maintain your posture.
  4. Do some basic neck stabilization exercises and some isometric neck exercises.
  5. Support your neck while sleeping with proper support.
  6. Maintain neck extension posture while lying down.

For more information consult a physiotherapist online -->

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