When is stiff neck become serious? — A stiff neck usually shown by soreness and difficulty moving the neck, especially when trying to turn the head to the side. It may also be accompanied by a headache, neck pain and or shoulder pain. This might happen upon waking up one morning or perhaps developed later in the day after some strenuous activity, such as moving furniture.
Most cases of neck stiffness will resolve on their own and don’t last very long. Minor stiff neck can be managed by ice compress, taking over-the-counter drugs and as well as having enough rest at home.
However, a stiff neck can sometimes be a sign of something more serious if it has not shown any improvement after a week, after taking those mentioned tips. A stiff neck can be really annoying, but it is usually not cause for emergency. Most common serious condition associated with stiff neck is symptom of Meningitis, arthritis, and cervical spinal problem.
Further to that, regardless of how long it has lasted, a stiff neck followed by red flag symptoms – such as a fever, headache, nausea or vomiting, or tingling sensation – then it should be seen by a medical professional immediately for a prompt medical evaluation.