The spine specialists at OrthoTexas, Frisco specialize in treating a wide range of orthopedic conditions affecting the upper, middle and lower back. They use advanced treatment approaches to help patients find relief from Kinked Neck.

Kinked Neck

Kinked Neck is a condition characterized by difficulty in moving or turning the neck, specifically to the side. It is usually caused as a result of damage to the soft tissues of the neck. The condition can occur while playing sports or indulging in any other recreational activity. Even simple day-to-day activities can put constant pressure on the neck, thereby, causing pain.  

Causes Of Kinked Neck

  • Neck Sprain: A muscle sprain is the most common cause of a Kinked Neck. It most commonly affects the levator scapulae muscle, which connects the neck to the shoulder. The muscle can get strained due to bad sleeping positions, poor posture, excessive stress or a sports injury.
  • Bacterial Infection: Meningitis, a bacterial infection that causes inflammation in the spinal cord and brain membranes, can also lead to a Kinked Neck.
  • Osteoarthritis: As age increases, joints tend to undergo gradual wear and tear which may trigger the development of Osteoarthritis. The condition can cause stiffness and limit movement in the affected joint, including the neck.
  • Fibromyalgia: It is characterized by pain in the muscles and joints. A contraction in the muscles can cause the neck to become stiff.
  • Pinched Nerve: It can cause stiffness and pain in the neck that may sometimes radiate to the arms and legs.
  • Stress: Being stressed causes the neck muscles to contract and become stiff.

Symptoms Of Kinked Neck

  • Pain and discomfort
  • Restricted range of motion
  • Difficulty turning the head to either side
  • Weakness in the arms
  • Pain in the head, arms and shoulders
  • Numbness and tingling sensation

Diagnosis Of Kinked Neck

The spine specialist may conduct a physical examination to determine the exact cause of Kinked Neck. In order to have a clear view of the bones and muscles in the neck, the patient may be advised to undergo an X-Ray, CT scan or MRI.

Treatment For Kinked Neck

Treatment methods for Kinked Neck include a prescribed course of anti-inflammatory medications to relieve pain. The patient may be advised to limit activities that can put a pressure on the neck. Wearing a cervical collar can help to support the neck muscles and allow them to heal completely. Applying ice or heat pack, as recommended by the spine specialist, may help to ease stiffness and reduce inflammation in the neck.

For diagnosis and treatment of Kinked Neck, visit OrthoTexas, Frisco. To schedule an appointment with our spine specialists, you can call at (214) 618 – 5502.