By Radhika Kandula , Gynaecology
Neck spasm is an involuntary and sudden tensing, or unmanageable shaking and tightening of a muscle as a result of overuse, strain, weakness or injury-induced muscle pain.
- The signs and symptoms of muscle spasm in the neck include:
- The muscle under your neck might feel tight, or bulging when you touch it.
- Fasciculation, or twitching is common and it affects you at intervals.
- Severe pain in your neck.
Spasms in the neck muscle is not a condition, but a symptom of some other medical condition. Muscle spasms in necks might be caused by the following conditions:
- Cervical dystonia (involuntary contractions of neck muscles)
- Cervical spondylosis (tear and wear of spinal discs)
- Herniated disc (problems in the rubbery substance in the discs)
- Degenerative disc disorder (spinal osteoarthritis)
- Viral infection
- Tension headache
- Spinal stenosis (spaces between discs start narrowing)
- Fibromyalgia (widespread tension and pain in muscles)
- Osteomyelitis (infection-induced bone inflammation)
- Meningitis (brain infection)
The best cure for muscle spasm is prevention.
- Most of the times, muscle spasms are caused by dehydration. If you have a fever, load up on fluids because a well hydrated body means lesser chances of spasms.
- Whenever you are about to do any kind of strenuous activity, perform certain warm-up exercises to loosen and relax your muscles. Relaxed muscles will help you prevent sudden spasms.
- Besides prevention, if you do experience a spasm, the foremost treatment is to stretch the muscle gently. Muscles relaxants, narcotics and anti-inflammatory drugs can be taken to provide pain relief.
- Physical therapy: Your healthcare provider may recommend seeing a physical therapist for an exercise program and other treatments.