Neck Pain After Sleeping
Neck Pain After Sleeping – Have you ever woken up one morning and when you try to turn you head you can’t? Turning the other way feels fine but it’s very sore and painful to turn to one side. Neck pain after sleeping can happen without any warning. It can feel very uncomfortable and last longer than you want it to. This neck pain is usually called acute wry neck. Physiotherapists can help speed up the healing of this neck pain and get you back on track.
What is Neck Pain After Sleeping?
Neck pain after sleeping is usually due to what’s called acute wry neck. This happens when the joints and muscles on one side of your neck tighten and stiffen up. This can make it feel very difficult to move your head in one direction. This also usually only happens to one side of your neck, not both. It can happen out of the blue with no direct known cause. You may experience any of the following if you get acute wry neck:
- Neck pain
- Muscle spasms
- Loss of movement of your head
- Shoulder pain
- Head positioned away from the side of pain
All of these also only occur on one side of the neck, not both.
How Do I Get Rid of my Neck Pain After Sleeping
Luckily for you, acute wry neck can be treated in a very short period of time! Your physiotherapist can provide several different treatment options to get rid of your neck pain quickly. This may include:
- Joint treatments
- Other manual therapy techniques
- Stretching exercises
- Dry Needling
- NSAID recommendations
- Strengthening exercises
Treatment and further long term strengthening exercises can be of great benefit. This will relieve your pain quickly and also help prevent it from coming back! Strengthening specific muscles are a great way to keep your neck pain away. Your physiotherapist is there to help find the right exercises for you and keep you pain free.