Neck stiffness

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Neck stiffness, stiff neck and nuchal rigidity are terms often used interchangeably to describe the medical condition when one experiences discomfort or pain when trying to turn, move, or flex the neck. Possible causes include muscle strain or sprain, cervical spine disorders, meningitis, and subarachnoid hemorrhage.[1][2][3][4][5][6]

Nuchal rigidity due to irritation of the lining of the brain and spinal cord is one of the main symptoms of meningitis.

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  1. ^ "Neck pain". MedlinePlus. National Institutes of Health. 5 March 2015. Retrieved 27 October 2015. 
  2. ^ "Neck pain and stiff neck". NHS Choices. National Health Service. 10 December 2014. Retrieved 27 October 2015. 
  3. ^ "Stiff Neck". MedicineNet. 30 March 2015. Retrieved 27 October 2015. 
  4. ^ McCoy, Krisha (7 May 2009). "Stiff Neck: A Look At Possible Causes". Everyday Health. Retrieved 27 October 2015. 
  5. ^ "Nuchal rigidity". Healthgrades. Retrieved 28 October 2015. 
  6. ^ Liebeskind, David S (8 January 2015). "Hemorrhagic Stroke Clinical Presentation". Medscape. WebMD. Retrieved 28 October 2015.