Are you experiencing stiffness in your neck?
At any given time, approximately 10 percent of the adult population has neck pain. Neck stiffness can be relatively benign and a short-term condition. But other times, it's a sign of something much more serious.
How can you know if neck stiffness is something minor or not?
Read on to learn 3 signs that your stiff neck is a serious issue.
1. Neck Stiffness With a Fever and Headache
If you have neck stiffness along with a fever and a headache, these may be symptoms of bacterial meningitis.
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), when any two of these conditions are present together, this could be a sign of bacterial meningitis and you should be seen by a doctor immediately.
It's important that you pay attention to any combination of these symptoms and seek medical treatment fast. Symptoms of meningitis typically develop a few days after someone is exposed to the illness.
If you treat bacterial meningitis quickly, your recovery outlook is good. But a delayed response to these symptoms can result in hearing loss, brain damage or death.
2. Neck Stiffness With Pain Down Your Arm(s)
Prolonged neck stiffness or pain, along with shooting pain down your arm(s), may be a sign of a herniated or bulging disc.
The discs in your cervical spine, the medical term for your neck, might be pressing on your nerve. This can cause you severe neck pain or stiffness that will not go away. Since the nerve is impacted by a bulging or herniated disc, this can cause shooting pain down your arm into your hand.
If you are experiencing these symptoms, you should see a doctor to have x-rays taken to identify their cause.
3. Neck Stiffness With Dizziness
The combination of dizziness along with a stiff neck can be a sign of cervicogenic vertigo.
This condition may resolve itself over time. But in more serious situations, someone may need vestibular rehabilitation therapy. This rehab program focuses on gaze and gait stabilization through head movement exercises.
Treatment of this condition can be successful in the vast majority of cases. According to Diane M. Wrisley, Ph.D., PT, NCS, 75 percent of patients with this conditions have an improvement of symptoms.
Wrapping Up: Is Your Stiff Neck Serious?
A stiff neck can be a nuisance but when accompanied by other symptoms, can be a sign of a serious condition.
It's important to pay attention to your body and not to ignore things when you are multiple symptoms at one time.
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