To get relief from neck pain, apply heat or ice, slowly massage the affected area, and take nonprescription creams or gels or a pain reliever such as acetaminophen, according to WebMD. Aerobic exercises, such as walking, and relaxation exercises may also help relieve pain.Continue Reading
Place a heating pad on the aching area for around 15 to 20 minutes every two to three hours, or take a warm shower, suggests WebMD. Alternatively, apply single-use heat wraps, or use an ice pack for 10 to 15 minutes every two to three hours. Refrain from doing strenuous activities that worsen stiffness and pain, and avoid prolonged periods of sitting.
Massage helps alleviate pain and promotes blood flow; however, avoid massaging the affected region if pain occurs, notes WebMD. Perform stretching and strengthening exercise routines that improve the neck’s flexibility. Naproxen and ibuprofen may help control pain and inflammation. Avoid stressful and tense situations, and stop smoking, which reduces blood supply and affects tissue repair.
If neck pain persists despite home treatment, doctors may prescribe muscle relaxants, tricyclic antidepressant medications or stronger pain relievers, states Mayo Clinic. Other possible treatments include temporary immobilization through the use of a soft collar and the use of weights and pulleys to stretch the neck gently. Steroid injections and surgery may be recommended in some situations.Learn more about Pain & Symptoms