Neck spasms may occur from an injury, overuse, poor posture, or stress. For example, it is common for a person doing a lot of computer work to feel his or her neck stiffen. Spasms may even occur from an uncomfortable night's sleep.
Moist heat: Sometimes, especially with recurrent spasms, moist heat can help. Put warm, moist towels on your neck for 20 minutes, or take hot showers or baths.
Physical therapy: Your health care provider may recommend seeing a physical therapist for an exercise program and other treatments.
Injection: If the above treatments do not help the spasm get better, your health care provider may recommend a shot of an anesthetic or a medicine like cortisone into the muscle.
Stress management: Neck spasms are a common physical symptom caused by stress or depression. Identification of these problems and treatment of them may help considerably with neck spasms.
When can I return to my sport or activity?
You may return to your sport or activity when:
You no longer have neck pain.
You can move your neck fully and comfortably.
How can I help prevent neck spasms?
Know what you can do about the common causes of neck spasm: overuse, stress, and poor posture. For example, use good posture at your computer terminal, take frequent breaks, and do stretching exercises.
When you first feel tightness or pain in your neck, start the treatment that has helped you the most. Treating early, mild symptoms right away can often stop the symptoms from becoming worse.