A: Depending on the cause of your neck pain, you can try the following:
A: Treatment for neck and shoulder pain varies depending on the cause. Conventional treatments for neck and upper back pain include:
A: If you are thinking of non-medical self-treatment to alleviate your neck pain, consider the following:
Swimming can strengthen the supporting neck muscles, and this may help relieve sore, stiff necks. But if you are still in pain after swimming, you need to look closely at your stroke technique and align your head properly with your body while swimming.
Research has shown that massage may relieve neck pain if it is done often by a professional therapist and for the correct length of time (preferably for 60 minutes per session 2 – 3 times a week)
The medical literature on whether acupuncture is an effective treatment has been mixed. Some studies have suggested that acupuncture can provide temporary relief for a chronic stiff neck, but more research is needed in this area.
Chiropractic care is a non-surgical treatment option that may help reduce your neck pain and related symptoms through specific adjustment techniques to relieve the pressure on the nerves.
A: When you are sleeping, use sleeping aids such as a pillow to keep your cervical spine in neutral alignment, so that the natural curve of your neck is supported and maintained. Alternatively, you can try sleeping on your back.
When you are studying or working at your desk, try to redesign your workspace to encourage a well-aligned posture. You can improve the ergonomics of your workstation by:
A: If the suspected cause of your neck pain is nerve problems, a neurologist will be the best medical specialist to determine if your pain is being caused by nerve damage or compression.
A neurologist can use certain diagnostic tests to pinpoint the specific location of the affected nerve, and will consider a varied range of non-surgical treatment options before offering surgery as a final resort.
A: Do see a doctor if your neck pain:
Your doctor will be in the best position to advise you on the most effective treatment for your neck pain.
A: Ways to relieve a sore or stiff neck when sleeping include:
A: Sleeping on your side is one of the best ways to keep your head neutral, with your chin straight ahead. A contoured pillow can help you maintain a neutral position while you are lying either on your back or on your side. Do not elevate your head so high that your upper ear is forced toward your shoulder.
A: It is rare but neck pain can be a symptom of a more serious problem. Do seek medical care if:
A: Although neck pain does not signal a serious medical problem most of the time, there are occasions when it is a sign of a more serious condition such as:
Heart attack - Neck pain may be a sign of a heart attack if:
Cancer - Neck pain may be a sign of cancer if:
Stroke - Neck pain may be a sign of stroke if:
A: You can try these 4 easy stretches to improve neck flexibility and function: