How do you treat a pulled neck muscle in a child?

Can a child pull a muscle in their neck?

Your child has strained the muscles and ligaments in his or her neck. A sudden, awkward movement can strain the neck. This often occurs with falls or car crashes or during certain sports.

How long does it take for a pulled muscle in the neck to heal?

Recovery from a neck sprain or strain

With proper treatment and rest, most patients will recover from a neck strain or sprain within four to six weeks. If the strain or sprain is severe, it can take three months or more to fully recover.

What are the signs of a neck injury?

Common neck injury symptoms

  • Difficulty turning the neck.
  • Headaches.
  • Muscle spasms in neck and shoulders.
  • Neck pain.
  • Stiffness in the neck.
  • Weakness in the legs, arms, hands or fingers.

What helps a pulled neck muscle?

Basic self-help takes care of most routine neck pain flare-ups:

  1. Use cold to numb the early acute pain and reduce inflammation.
  2. Take over-the-counter pain relievers to control mild to moderate pain. …
  3. Use a neck collar for short periods to rest the painful muscles and tissues and ease your discomfort.

What are the symptoms of a pulled neck muscle?

Pain, tingling, numbness, and/or weakness that radiates down into the shoulder, arm, or hand. Headache or dizziness. Visual problems or sensitivity to bright lights. Neck instability.

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Should you massage a pulled neck muscle?

Gently rub the area to relieve pain and help with blood flow. Do not massage the area if it hurts to do so. Do not do anything that makes the pain worse.

When should I be concerned about a child’s bruise?

Bruises are mostly nothing to worry about. But you should take your child to see your GP if she has bruises that don’t seem related to normal childhood bumps and falls. For example, you might want to see your GP if your child: seems to bruise more easily than other children.

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