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Why do I keep getting cricks in my neck (and how do I make them stop)?

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Many people who have cricks in their neck describe the sensation as being stiff and in some cases painful. It is an uncomfortable feeling when muscles are aggravated in the lower neck and upper shoulder areas of the body.

There are a few types of treatment options for recurring cricks in the neck, including both long-term and short-term solutions. Keep reading below to learn more about why you might keep getting cricks in your neck and how you can help prevent them from coming back.

What are some causes of neck cricks? Why do I keep getting them?

  • Improper sleeping positions ” Sleeping in an unsupportive position for long periods of time at night can cause your muscles to become fatigued and strained. If you regularly sleep in unusual and unsupported positions, this could be why you're getting the cricks in your neck.
  • Poor posture ” One cause of neck cricks is poor posture. Whether it be from habitually slouching when you stand or sitting hunched over at an office desk for several hours of the day, this can place strain on your neck.

What can I do to prevent getting cricks in my neck?

It would definitely be worth checking out a physical therapy practice in your area. Physical therapists are trained to identify the particular source of your neck problem and give you the right exercises to help prevent getting them again. You can consider short-term solutions like pain-relieving medication for your pain or discomfort in your neck, but physical therapy treatment can be a long-term solution.

Alliance PTP is ready to help you find top-notch PT for when you get cricks in your neck

At Alliance Physical Therapy Partners, we're proudly bringing together physical therapy practices across the country to help people get the high-quality PT they need. Want to see a physical therapist in person? We can put you in touch with an Alliance PTP partner that's close to you and that can help you address why you keep getting cricks in your neck.

Not keen on in-person PT sessions or not close to an Alliance PTP partner? No worries. We also offer effective and affordable virtual physical therapy through our Agile Virtual Physical Therapy platform.

Contact our team today so we can help you find the most effective physical therapy services for your injury or condition.