The wierd thing about kinking your neck
Do you ever wake up in the morning and feel that you can’t turn your head?? And, what’s worse is that you are also in tremendous pain as well?? Well you’ve likely kinked your neck or if you want to be technical about it – you have what’s called a Wry Neck!
What is it?
Wry neck is a condition where your neck becomes stiff generally in one direction and you cannot move it as well. There is also significant pain and / or headache symptoms and it becomes very difficult to function properly. The word "kinking'' is often used and this means that for some reason, a ligament in your neck has been partially strained while you were sleeping and its gradually worsened by the time you wake up. You feel your neck is stuck or frozen in one position and it becomes very difficult to get into a comfortable position.
How is it caused?
These are the classics:
- Youve slept in an awkward position such as a couch or an unfamiliar sleeping place
- Sudden flicking or jerking of the neck, such as contact injury or a sudden fall
- Carrying a heavy or uneven load
- If you have a viral infection
Why it’s super important to take action!
Most people try to pop some pills and hope that the pain goes away. While this may partially reduce the symptoms, you will still not be able to turn the head properly. Can you imagine having this problem for several weeks?? Well, sadly this is a possibility in some people. The symptoms often stop you doing such as working, being happy, and generally doing things you would normally like to do.
There’s good news??
Yes! Thankfully, a physio can cure your pain in a matter of a few days. The number of people I see who have waited and waited until things became unbearable still astounds me. Why is it as people we wait until we can take it no more?? So, if you know someone who maybe is going through this, then get them to see their physio. While the treatment can be a little uncomfortable, you will get results straight away and be living life again in a matter of days.
Take it from me, its not caused by a change in wind direction!