How long does it take for a strained neck muscle to heal?
The Course of Neck Strain
While most neck strains take a few weeks to completely heal, symptoms tend to mostly go away in less than a week. In general, severe muscle strains tend to take closer to 12 weeks to heal, but these rarely occur in the neck without the involvement of a more serious injury.
How do you know if you pulled a muscle in your neck?
Neck Strain Symptoms
- Pain localized to the neck region. Neck strains are usually felt in the back of the neck, or mostly in the neck and partially in a nearby region, such as the back of the head, upper back, and/or shoulder.
- Achy or throbbing pain.
- Sharp pain.
- Pain that worsens with movement.
- Muscle spasm.
- Stiff neck.
How long does it take for a pulled back muscle to heal?
Compared to many other kinds of back injuries, a pulled muscle is usually straightforward to diagnose and easy to treat, and symptoms usually resolve within 4 to 6 weeks. Some severe muscle injuries, such as a complete muscle tear, can take months to heal.