How long does a stiff neck last?

Neck Pain Treatment

If you’ve ever wondered, “How long does a stiff neck last?,” the answer may surprise you. Our team at Panther Physical Therapy knows the answer to this question depends on what’s causing your neck stiffness in the first place.

At Panther Physical Therapy, our team has gathered a wealth of physical therapy experience in the 16 years we’ve been in business. In fact, we’ve helped patients in Allison Park, Wexford and Harmony, Pennsylvania find high-quality physical therapy for many injuries and medical conditions. One reason patients keep coming back to see us is that we genuinely care about finding the best therapy for you. We’re always ready to listen to any questions or concerns you have about your therapy. We’ll even take the time to find out what goals you have for your physical therapy with us. This commitment to our patients has brought people back to see us for even seemingly minor questions such as how long a stiff neck might last.

How long your stiff neck lasts depends on why it’s stiff

Our Panther Physical Therapy team knows many people have experienced stiff necks. We also know you may have wondered how long your stiff neck might last.

The truth is your stiff neck could last for a few hours or it could last for weeks or months. The amount of time you must deal with a stiff neck depends on why your neck is stiff. Our team knows a stiff neck from sleeping poorly is typically on the low end of the time scale. This type of neck stiffness may only last for a few hours, and it’s usually gone by the next day at the latest.

However, we also know other causes may result in neck stiffness that lasts much longer. Overusing your neck muscles at work or in other daily tasks may cause stiffness that comes back every day. We also know poor posture from activities like using your cell phone may cause chronic neck stiffness. In addition, you may have been in a car accident or gotten a sports injury, and these may result in long-term neck stiffness. Any of these long-term neck stiffness causes may also lead to other issues such as pain and inflammation in your neck.

Our team may be able to help you relieve your neck stiffness no matter what has caused it. We may be able to do this by building you a personalized therapy program that may include therapies such as:

  • Manual therapy
  • Ultrasound treatments
  • Targeted exercises and stretches
  • Electrical stimulation therapy
  • Ergonomic recommendations

A Panther Physical Therapy neck treatment plan that includes these and other therapies may have several benefits for you. One of the most important benefits it may have is relieving your neck stiffness before it leads to neck pain. We may even be able to help you treat the underlying causes of your neck stiffness, which may help prevent it in the future.

Are you ready to reduce how long your neck stiffness may last with therapy from Panther Physical Therapy? Contact our team today for more information or to schedule a free 15-minute screening.

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