Most episodes of neck pain are due to muscle strain or soft tissue sprain (ligaments, tendons), but it can also be caused by a sudden force (whiplash). These types of neck pain often improve with time and non-surgical care such as medication and chiropractic manipulation. But if neck pain continues or worsens, there is often a specific condition that requires treatment, such as cervical degenerative disc diseasecervical herniated disc, cervical stenosis, or cervical arthritis.

A stiff neck that is the result of direct trauma, such as an accident or collision, should be examined by a medical professional as there are underlying medical conditions that may need to be treated.
Long hours of poor posture can result in a stiff neck during the workday, but there are several treatments that can be done in the office to help treat and prevent stiff neck symptoms.

It is important to practice proper lifting techniques and to take breaks during physical work to prevent neck stiffness that results from lifting heavy objects, repetitive motions, or performing a new task or maneuver.

Klippel-Feil syndrome is diagnosed by reviewing the patient’s medical history, performing a physical exam, and with diagnostic imaging (x-rays, CT scan, or MRI)

Poor daily habits can cause or worsen neck stiffness. Making simple lifestyle changes to correct posture during the day and night, and decreasing stress may help to reduce neck pain and stiffness.

Countless conditions are capable of causing neck pain and/or stiffness. Once the usual causes have been ruled out, these little-know causes must be considered.

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