Spasms can occur anywhere in the body where there is muscle. Our neck is the anatomical region where neck muscle spasm is seen the most. Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Specialist Prof. Dr. Turan Uslu gave information on the subject.

Neck spasms have many possible causes.

Tense your neck during exercise

• carrying something heavy with one or both arms

Putting a heavy bag or too much weight on one of your shoulders

Improper positions and maintaining these positions for a long time, for example squeezing a phone between your shoulder and ear, staying in the same position for hours and sleeping in an incorrect position

Other common causes of neck spasms include:

Emotional stress

Cervical spondylosis, a type of arthritis that can affect the spine

Crooked posture or head tilted forward, poor posture

Neck hernia and degenerative disc disease

Thirst, which can cause muscle cramps and spasms

Temporomandibular joint diseases affecting the jaw and surrounding muscles

Causes of much less common but more serious neck spasms include:

Meningitis, severe infections that cause edema in the brain and spinal cord

Ankylosing spondylitis, a condition that causes fusion of the vertebrae in the spine

Spasmodictorticole, also known as cervical dystonia

Spinalstenosis, which occurs when the spinal canal in the spine is narrow

Trauma from accidents or falls

Spinal injury, whiplash injuries

Neck spasm symptoms

Neck spasm is a sudden, sharp pain in one or more parts of your neck, deep within the muscle tissue. The affected muscle may feel stiff or tight. Moving the neck can be painful. Pain can spread to your head, shoulders, arms, and between your shoulder blades.

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