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Neck cramps or spasms

Also known as Neck Cramps and Neck Spasm

A neck spasm is an involuntary contraction of the muscles in the neck region.

Source: Wikipedia

What causes it?

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.


What might my doctor prescribe?

Common Tests and Procedures

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 .

Common Medications

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 .

Diazepam (Valium)
$7
(28 days)
Botulinum Toxin Type A (Botox)

Botulism Antitoxin

Etodolac
$25
(28 days)
Tizanidine
$25
(28 days)
Carisoprodol (Soma)
$12
(28 days)
Rimabotulinumtoxinb (Myobloc)
$965
(28 days)
Carbidopa
$170
(28 days)
Vitamin A
$2
(28 days)
Trihexyphenidyl (Artane)
$11
(28 days)
Sulindac
$18
(28 days)
Imipramine
$29
(28 days)

Who is at risk?

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.

Age

< 1 years
2.9x
1-4 years
1.5x
5-14 years
0.0x
15-29 years
1.0x
30-44 years
1.5x
45-59 years
1.1x
60-74 years
0.6x
75+ years
0.3x

Sex

Male
1.0x
Female
1.0x

Race/Ethnicity

Black
0.8x
Hispanic
0.4x
White
1.1x
Other
2.0x
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