Types of Neck Injury
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Neck injuries can cause brief or long-term pain. Even an initially minor injury can snowball into chronic neck pain. Some neck injuries involve more than just the neck, and can be serious medical emergencies, but most are more painful than they are dangerous. I.C.E. DOWN ice wraps are ideal for icing neck injuries immediately after they occur and over time as they cause pain.
Crick or Kink
Waking up with a crick in your neck is a very common problem, but it can ruin your day. Sometimes the kink works itself out in a couple of hours, but when it does not, you can be stiff and suffering with neck pain for days.
Although a crick or kink is not a specific injury so much as a specific experience, it is one of the most common neck ailments. The sensation can be caused by muscle spasms, arthritis, disc problems, and more.
Whiplash can result in many types of neck injuries, as well as back injury, spinal cord injury and brain injury. Whiplash occurs when violent forces to the body cause your head to fling suddenly in one direction then the other, stretching the muscles and ligaments in your neck beyond their normal capacity.
Whiplash injury can range from mild to severe. The symptoms do not always show up immediately after injury. The most common cause of whiplash is rear-end collision. Other types of accidents and rough contact in sports can also cause whiplash.
Sprain or Strain
Strain is an injury to the muscle. A sprain is an injury to the ligament. Both can occur in the neck due to a sudden movement or an accident such as a fall. Poor posture over long periods of time can also lead to sprains and strains.
Discs are the cushions between your vertebrae. They have a tough exterior, and a softer, gel-like substance inside. When the outer casing tears, the inner part of the disc can be pushed out toward the spinal cord. This causes pain when it presses on a nerve root.
Stingers and Burners
Stingers or burners are nerve injuries that cause a sudden and severe stinging or burning pain which is felt in the neck, but more so in the arm. It may be accompanied by weakness in the shoulder and arm. The pain can last anywhere from a few seconds up to two weeks, and in some cases there is paralysis and/or numbness in the arm.
Stingers and burners occur when a nerve root in the neck is compressed or when there is trauma to the brachial plexus, such as over-stretching. The brachial plexus is a nerve bundle between the neck and shoulder.
Stingers and burners are common football injuries, but can also occur in car accidents, motorcycle accidents, and falls.
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