Neck pain is a common problem but do you know how to treat it properly? Below are some do’s and don’ts when it comes to neck pain.

Neck pain is something you want to get rid of it as quickly as possible. And you certainly don’t want to make the problem worse. So, what should you do? And more importantly, what shouldn’t you do? To find out more, take a look at the tips below.

Consult your doctor to get the best treatment methods for you.

Neck Pain Do’s and Dont’s

Do’s of Neck Pain

  • Make sure you have a good pillow that will support the natural curve of your neck. If your pillow is too high, you can strain your neck muscles. However, you can put strain on your neck muscles if your pillow is too low.
    • If you sleep on your back, use a thin pillow. There is no single pillow height that works for everyone. To test if your pillow is right for you.
    • If you sleep on your side, use a pillow that ensures your neck and head are positioned in the middle of your shoulders.
    • If you sleep on your stomach, change to sleeping on your side or back. Sleeping on your stomach puts the most stress on your neck muscles.
  • Massage your neck at least three times a day.
  • Do regular exercises to maintain neck strength, flexibility, and range of motion.
  • Turn to your side to get up from a lying down position.
  • To turn around, move your feet first instead of twisting your neck or body.
  • Wear a cervical collar during the day, if recommended by your doctor.
  • When in acute pain take anti-inflammatory pain-killers such as ibuprofen.
  • Use ice and heat if your neck pain is caused by an injury. Apply ice to for a day or two when the neck pain starts. After a couple days, alternate between using ice and heat. When using heat you can take use of a neck wrap.
  • Make sure you keep hydrated. The discs in between your neck vertebrae contain water and if you are dehydrated it can cause pain. The cervical discs need to be well-hydrated to maintain their strength and softness.

 

Dont’s of Neck Pain

  • Don’t slouch when seated. Sit up straight so that your spine is correctly aligned.
  • Avoid holding your head in the same position for long periods. Adjust your computer monitor and keyboard. Take breaks while working on your computer, driving, or watching TV.
  • Avoid holding the telephone between your shoulder and ear with your head tilted to one side.
  • Avoid running and high-impact aerobics, if you have neck pain.
  • Don’t lift or carry heavy weights.
  • Don’t use heat if you have a chronic neck condition without recent inflammation. You should only use heat with a chronic condition when there has been no recent increase in inflammation.

Usually, most neck pain goes away after a couple of weeks. There are a variety of causes of neck pain, some due to injury while others are due to chronic conditions.  If your neck problems persist more than a couple of weeks, it is important to see your doctor. If it’s an emergency see a medical professional right away.

Although neck pain can be caused by trauma or a chronic condition, there are some general guidelines for managing the problem. The above list of do’s and don’ts when it comes to neck pain can help you deal more effectively when pain strikes.

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