Also known as Neck Cramps and Neck Spasm
A neck spasm is an involuntary contraction of the muscles in the neck region.Source: Wikipedia
The most common causes of neck cramps or spasms are torticollis, sprain or strain, and muscle spasm. Other possible causes, such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (gerd), are more rare.
Within all the people who go to their doctor with neck cramps or spasms, 67% report having neck pain, 46% report having back pain, and 33% report having shoulder cramps or spasms.
Patients with neck cramps or spasms often receive kidney function tests, physical therapy exercises, other diagnostic procedures (interview; evaluation; consultation), standard pregnancy test, injections and aspirations of muscles; tendons; bursa; joints and soft tissue, occupational therapy assessment and insertion of catheter or spinal stimulator and injection into spinal canal .
|Kidney function tests (Kidney function test)|
|Physical therapy exercises (Exercises)|
|Other diagnostic procedures (interview; evaluation; consultation)||$101|
|Standard pregnancy test|
|Injections and aspirations of muscles; tendons; bursa; joints and soft tissue||$249|
|Occupational therapy assessment (Speech therapy)|
|Insertion of catheter or spinal stimulator and injection into spinal canal||$550|
The most commonly prescribed drugs for patients with neck cramps or spasms include diazepam (valium), botulinum toxin type a (botox), botulism antitoxin, etodolac, tizanidine, carbidopa / levodopa, carisoprodol (soma), rimabotulinumtoxinb (myobloc), carbidopa, vitamin a, trihexyphenidyl (artane), sulindac and imipramine .
|Botulinum Toxin Type A (Botox)|
Groups of people at highest risk for neck cramps or spasms include race/ethnicity = other, age 30-44 years, age 1-4 years and age < 1 years. On the other hand, age 5-14 years almost never get neck cramps or spasms.