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When to seek treatment for severe neck pain after sleeping

Severe Neck Pain After Sleeping

We’ve all woken up with a crick in the neck or maybe a little stiffness after sleeping in a strange position. In most cases, this type of pain is a minor nuisance and generally resolves itself as the day goes on with the help of basic treatments like ice or gentle stretching. 

However, for others, waking up after a night of sleeping can mean severe neck pain that is debilitating and severely impacts the ability to perform basic activities. Severe neck pain after sleeping that does not improve in a couple of days to a week at the most should receive the attention of a medical professional. 

What could severe neck pain after sleeping be a sign of?

Since it is responsible for supporting the weight of the head while still being flexible enough for movement, the neck is put under a high amount of stress on a daily basis. This makes the neck vulnerable to a number of conditions and injuries that can potentially develop into severe pain, including:

  • Muscle strains
  • Ligament sprains
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Spine conditions like a bulging or herniated disc

Often, pain from these and other issues can worsen during the night due to lack of movement or if you have a sleeping posture that increases pressure on a painful area. 

How physical therapy helps neck pain

Physical therapy is a very common treatment recommendation for severe neck pain after sleeping. A physical therapist can identify posture and movements that are contributing to pain and work with you to develop an effective treatment plan to minimize symptoms. By using therapeutic exercise and manual therapy, a therapist can strengthen supporting muscles and improve flexibility in the neck. 

Patients can also receive instruction and guidance regarding sleeping posture and other factors that can potentially reduce the development of neck pain while sleeping. 

The SSOR team consists of highly credentialed and expertly trained therapists who are passionate about helping everyone who comes to us find relief and improved functionality. We’ll work with you on a one-on-one basis to identify the sources of your pain and develop a treatment plan that is right for your needs. To learn more about our treatment options for neck pain and to schedule your initial appointment, contact our team today.