One Neck of a Problem: 3 Culprits Behind Stiff Neck

NeckPerhaps the most terrible thing that could ruin your morning is waking up with a stiff neck. It hurts and can be incapacitating, too. Sometimes, the stiff neck can even last a few days to a couple of weeks. In some cases, other problems like headache, shoulder pain, and arm strain may surface with it, too. Chances are you will find yourself asking why the universe is conspiring against you.

The truth is that it is not the universe conspiring against you; there are all kinds of reasons behind that stiff neck. Here’s a look at some of them:


Figuring in an accident that made your head move in a sharp, sudden movement, may have caused damage to muscles and ligaments in the neck. This is why it’s important to consult chiropractors after an accident.

A ‘simple stiff neck’ resulting from an accident, if left unchecked and treated, may cause long-term pain. Whether it’s from a severe collision in an automobile misfortune or injuries from sports, chiropractic care is an important part of the recovery process. Chiropractic care providers from say that therapeutic exercises, spinal decompression, and massage therapy are typical components of the treatment plan.

Muscle Strain

Anything that puts your neck in an awkward position for a long time causes your muscles to become tired. Activities like tucking your phone between your cheek and shoulder while talking or carrying a heavy bag on one shoulder can cause stiff neck.

There’s a recently discovered neck muscle strain culprit dubbed as “text neck.” When you hunch over your smartphone for a prolonged amount of time, you end up putting a lot of weight on the base of the neck. Because of this, the muscles and discs get stressed.

Cervical Spine Problems

The cervical spine is the upper part of the spine and makes up the neck. Any problems in the spinal cord, vertebrae or discs in this part of the spine can cause stiff neck.

One common problem is facet joint disorder. Facet joints are at the back of the spinal segments and are responsible for movement. People with osteoarthritis are prone to weakening facet joints, with one of the most common symptoms being stiff neck.

These are just some of the common causes of stiff neck. The best way to determine the cause of your problem is to consult a chiropractic professional.