Take the 2-minute tour ×
English Language & Usage Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for linguists, etymologists, and serious English language enthusiasts. It's 100% free, no registration required.

There is a simple word in my native tongue for this symptom but it is somehow hard to find a corresponding term in English despite how common this type of pain occurs in our daily life.

share|improve this question
2  
onelook.com/?w=crick&ls=a –  MετάEd May 2 '13 at 22:40
1  
If the pain is 'acute' – sudden and intense – it's called a crick in the neck, facet syndrome or muscular rheumatism. netdoctor.co.uk/diseases/facts/neckpains.htm#ixzz2SCzwWDSJ –  Kris May 3 '13 at 6:31
add comment

1 Answer

up vote 9 down vote accepted

Not every concept has a corresponding word but it turns out that this one does.

crick

is an informal term meaning a persistent joint/muscle pain in the neck or upper back usually due to holding an uncomfortable posture for too long.

I have a crick in my neck from falling asleep in the airplane seat.

share|improve this answer
    
oh I didn't know this one! Thanks! –  nye17 May 2 '13 at 22:48
1  
You should have voted to close this for 1. No background effort. 2. GR. 3. Too localized (shoulder + neck + bad-sleep-posture makes it a technically involved term). BTW Crick does not cover the three criteria adequately. –  Kris May 3 '13 at 6:36
    
@Kris Thanks for the potted info on site rules! –  Edwin Ashworth May 3 '13 at 9:46
    
@Kris: I can see a case for all three of your criteria buy still disagree. But I'm curious, how does 'crick' not cover the OP? –  Mitch May 3 '13 at 11:14
3  
@Kris: of sure it is loosely defined; it is not formal technical medical vocabulary. But I think it answers directly the OP's question ('simple word', 'common...type of pain'). –  Mitch May 3 '13 at 12:19
show 1 more comment

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.