Neck pain can disturb your day to day activities and if it continues for a long time. You feel restless and helpless. Sometimes doctors suggest prescription medications; still there are some homes treatments that can help you recover from neck pain.
Ice or heat
Using a heating pad (medium setting) for say 15-20 minutes after every 2-3 hours can help a lot to relieve neck pain. You can also take warm shower instead of using heating pad. You can also purchase heat wraps with single-use that last for 8 hours.
You can also use ice pack for about 10-15 minutes after every 2-3 hours.
Keep moving carefully
Get back to your daily activities as soon as possible as movement helps the muscles to remain strong. Avoid certain activities like sports, lifting, which can worsen the stiffness and pain. Engage in stretching exercises and strengthening exercises as it helps your neck to stay flexible and prevent stiffness.
Avoid activities that can lead to neck pain like working on computer for long hours or working constantly for a long time. Massage the area on your neck gently to promote flow of blood, and avoid massaging in case the injured area leads to pain.
Nonprescription external applications gels or creams can help to get relief from neck pain.
Neck braces are also used as part of neck pain treatment and devices like sterno-occipital are suggested to the patients. The braces help in supporting the spine, which in turn works well for weakness in neck muscles, provides faster healing and keeps your neck in correct position as required.
Some patients are also treated with the help of ultrasound. In critical cases even surgery is required. Steroid injections like epidural can lessen the nerve roots inflammation. Herbal oils and its regular massage can also treat neck pain and provides effects that last for long.
Depending on the diagnosis results the treatment for neck pain is given which include
Heat and ice therapy
Surgery (in rare cases)
Physical therapy, stretching, exercise
Some alternative therapies that are used for treating neck pain are massage, chiropractic, acupuncture, TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) and these therapies should be taken only from licensed professionals.
This procedure is conducted using sling, cast or splint. It is very important to understand and follow doctor’s instruction in order to use these devices carefully.
Sometimes doctors also advise not to move the injured part very often as rest heals the injury faster. Doctors may suggest fewer movements.
There are many medical treatments, natural remedies and alternative therapies available for treating neck pain and each one of us can decide on which treatment to opt for depending on the severity of neck pain. If the pain is not so severe, it can be treated at home with the help of home remedies that actually work.
In any treatment maintain right neck position and following doctor’s instruction is necessary.