When You Need to Seek Help for Neck Pain Treatment

Sooner or later in your life, you’re bound to experience neck pain. Many cases of acute neck pain are related to muscle strains or spasms that go away after a couple of hours or days. This type of neck pain may develop from sleeping on your neck in an awkward position or straining your neck too much during physical activity.

To help alleviate the pain related to your neck strain, you should try some of the following:

  • Massaging and Stretching – If you can identify which parts of your neck are sore, you can try massaging them to help reduce pain. It’s more helpful to get assistance with this from a partner. Be careful when massaging that you don’t press too hard or cause more pain.
  • Icing and Heating – The application of heat can help relieve the sore muscles. First, you should apply an ice pack a few times a day can to assist with managing the pain and inflammation. If you apply heat too soon, you may make inflammation worse.
  • Practicing posture – Poor posture is frequently linked with neck pain. Correcting your posture can not only help reduce your neck pain but can help prevent it from developing in the first place. If you sit at a computer for long periods of time, make sure your back is straight and that the computer screen is level with your eyes, so you don’t strain your neck by constantly looking down.

After a few hours or days of practicing these tips, many cases of acute neck pain will go away. However, your neck pain can be the symptom of a more severe problem. Do not ignore chronic or extreme neck pain.

What to do when you have chronic or extreme neck pain

When your neck pain is severe or ongoing, you should seek medical attention. Your primary care provider or a physical therapist can help identify and diagnose the source of your pain.

Severe neck pain may be the result of the following:

  • Whiplash
  • Pinched nerves
  • Arthritis
  • Bulging discs and more

At Back in Motion Physical Therapy, our goal is to assist with reducing pain and improving patient quality of life. Our staff shares decades of combined experience in treating many physical conditions, including neck pain.

Would you like to speak with a licensed physical therapist about neck pain treatments available for you? Contact us today at Back in Motion Physical Therapy to discover how we can develop a personalized treatment to help you with your neck pain.