No one enjoys having a stiff neck, but it happens to everyone at one point or another. Once pain develops in the neck, treating it becomes a top priority and the good news is, it doesn't usually require a doctor. Many at-home remedies for neck stiffness exist. The exception is pain that comes on suddenly and along with other symptoms. This kind of neck stiffness or ache should be discussed with a doctor.

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1. Symptoms

A stiff neck can cause varying discomfort ranging from slightly distracting stiffness to extreme pain. Typical symptoms include soreness and difficulty turning the head from side-to-side. Other complaints include headache and pain in the arm, shoulder, or neck. The tightness can also force the person to turn their entire torso to look side to side.

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