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Home Remedies



Neck pain


Home Care

For minor, common causes of neck pain:
  • Take acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
  • Apply heat or ice to the painful area. One good method is to use ice for the first 48 - 72 hours, then use heat after that. Heat may be applied with hot showers, hot compresses, or a heating pad. Be careful not to fall asleep with a heating pad on.
  • Perform slow range-of-motion exercises -- up-and-down, side-to-side, and from ear-to-ear -- to gently stretch the neck muscles.
  • Have a partner gently massage the sore or painful areas.
  • Try sleeping on a firm mattress without a pillow or with a special neck pillow.
Call your health care provider if
  • One week of self care hasn't helped.
  • You have a fever and headache, and your neck is so stiff that you cannot touch your chin to your chest. THIS MAY BE MENINGITIS call your doctor or get to a hospital.
  • You have numbness, tingling, or weakness in your arm or hand.
  • Your neck pain was caused by a fall, blow, or injury.
  • You have swollen glands or a lump in your neck.
  • Your pain does not respond to standard doses of over-the-counter pain medication.


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