Everyone has experienced neck pain at some point that causes moderate discomfort. If you work at a desk, tension builds up causing neck pain. Neck pain can also come from strain, such as with exercising or lifting heavy objects. This type of pain is usually temporary and dissipates within a few days. A different type of pain caused by injury, poor posture, arthritis, or old age is referred to as chronic neck pain. If you suffer from this condition, some of the approaches you can take to alleviate pain could include:
- Rest and Medication. Your doctor may prescribe an anti-inflammatory pain reliever to help with the pain. You may also need to take a muscle relaxer to help you rest. Your doctor may also suggest you wear a cervical collar to hold your neck in place and allow for healing. Stronger pain medication may be needed if the pain is intense.
- Physical Therapy. Your doctor may work with a physical therapist who will show you exercises to relieve your neck pain. He or she may also teach you how to move so you don’t cause more pain.
- Massage. A physical therapist may massage areas of your neck. This can be a useful tool in neck pain management. Massage is often used in conjunction with physical therapy and is quite effective in managing pain.
- Exercise. Our bodies were designed to move. Exercise will make you feel better physically and mentally. It is a great way to alleviate stress and helps you wind down when it’s time to rest. Find an activity you enjoy, such as swimming, walking, or biking and make it a part of your routine. It doesn’t have to be high-impact, but it should get you moving.
- Stretch. Your doctor can provide you with proper stretching exercises that will loosen your neck muscles and relieve the tension.
- Practice Good Posture. If you currently sit slumped over, you are putting unnecessary strain on your neck. Bad posture leads to chronic neck pain. Practice sitting straight up, making sure your back is straight.
- Apply Hot/Cold Compresses. You may need to apply a cold compress to reduce inflammation and swelling. Heat can be used to calm the tension, anxiety, and sensitivity caused by chronic pain.
- PRP Injections. PRP Injections can be performed to lessen chronic neck pain. If you find that you are not getting relief even after trying all the suggestions made by your doctor, PRP Injections may be the solution, read more about how PRP helps you manage neck pain.
Chronic neck pain often leads to time off from work and disability. Stress and anxiety can make the pain worse. However, the pain can be effectively managed through the proper use of medication, physical therapy and at-home remedies. If you are suffering from chronic neck pain, call Jeffrey M. Epstein for a consultation so that you can be on your way to relieving your pain and enjoying life again.