At some point, almost everyone suffers a crick or kink in their neck. Whatever you call them, the effect is the same. It’s painful, it’s annoying, and it can detract from the enjoyment of whatever you’re doing.
The question is, is that sudden pain in your neck something to be concerned about, and what can you do to make it feel better?
The good news is that in the overwhelming majority of cases, it isn’t something to be concerned about. While kinks and cricks in your neck are undoubtedly painful, they’re generally not cause for concern. The exception here is, of course, if you’ve previously suffered a serious head or neck injury. If that’s the case, then any pain in the area should be treated with seriousness and you should consult your doctor or tell your chiropractor immediately.
Unless that’s the case though, the best thing you can do is give your neck a rest and don’t stress it unduly. You can engage in some low-intensity stretching, which is likely to help sooth it. You should also alternate the use of ice and heat, and if you want immediate relief, consider using over the counter pain relievers.
It also pays to spend some time mentally reviewing your recent activities to try and determine what you may have done to cause the pain. Perhaps you noticed it right after stretching to hang some holiday decorations, or maybe you slept in an awkward position and woke up with a pain in your neck. In most cases, you’ll be able to identify a root cause and change your behavior accordingly to avoid it in the future.
Most of the time, those home remedies will be all that’s required. If the pain persists for longer than a week, it may be a sign that there’s something more serious going on. At that point, it’s time to get your doctor or chiropractor involved.