If NOT, try one of these:


Causes of Neck Pain

Symptoms

Pain Scale

When to Call for Neck Pain or Stiffness

Call 911 Now

  • Pain starts after a major injury such as with contact sports or car crash
  • Not moving or too weak to stand
  • You think your child has a life-threatening emergency

Call Doctor Now or Go to ER

  • Pain started after a minor injury
  • Can't move neck normally with fever
  • Severe pain
  • Not alert when awake ("out of it")
  • Acts or talks confused
  • Your child looks or acts very sick
  • You think your child needs to be seen, and the problem is urgent

Call Doctor Within 24 Hours

  • Can't move neck normally
  • Headache without fever
  • Fever lasts more than 24 hours
  • Age less than 5 years
  • You think your child needs to be seen, but the problem is not urgent

Call Doctor During Office Hours

  • Cause of neck pain is not clear (no history of overuse)
  • Neck pain (from lots of turning) lasts more than 2 weeks
  • Neck pains are a frequent problem
  • You have other questions or concerns

Self Care at Home

  • Strained neck muscles (from turning or overuse) present less than 2 weeks

Call 911 Now

Call Doctor Now or Go to ER

Call Doctor Within 24 Hours

Call Doctor During Office Hours

Self Care at Home


Care Advice for Strained Neck Muscles

  1. What You Should Know About Neck Pain:
  2. Pain Medicine:
  3. Cold Pack for Pain:
  4. Use Heat After 48 Hours:
  5. Sleep Position:
  6. Activity:
  7. Stretching Exercises:
  8. What to Expect:
  9. Call Your Doctor If:

And remember, contact your doctor if your child develops any of the 'Call Your Doctor' symptoms.

Disclaimer: This information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. It is provided for educational purposes only. You assume full responsibility for how you choose to use this information.


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