Neck Muscles Problems
The lower mouth and upper neck muscles may become painful due to bite problems and increased muscle tension. Examinations in these cases usually show sore muscles. Treatment consists of relaxing the muscles via medication or physical therapy.
Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory pain medication or ointments can be used for short periods of time.
Cold compresses or alternatively a hot water bottle or a heating pad may be tried to relieve the muscle pain. The sore muscles may be massaged gently and the head can be stretched towards the back and to the sides.
Infections in the nearby regions such as pharyngitis may cause an expansion of the lymph nodes in the neck. This may be noticed later when the area is being manipulated for other reasons. They usually do not require any treatment. If they grow or the pain is bothersome, it would be preferable to have a doctor look at them.
Some neck pain and inconvenience are felt in connection with most upper respiratory infections. This usually passes, as the infection subsides.
Thyroid problems may sometimes cause pain in the lower neck just above the sternum. There may be minimal sensations caused by an overactive thyroid.
In cases of thyroid inflammation, the enlarged thyroid can be felt and may feel slightly sore.
The area where the collarbone attaches to the sternum may become inflamed. In this case, the respective joints may swell, and pain may be felt. Sometimes this is the first hint of rheumatism, so it might be worthwhile to consider an examination for its detection.
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The joint between the collarbone and the sternum swells up.
Pain in the neck muscles that is not alleviated by home remedies.
Anatomy of the anterior neck.
University of Maryland Medical Center information about thyroiditis.
OrthoInfo on problems of the sternoclavicular joint.
Ehow.com instructions on strengthening of the anterior neck muscles.