Neck Strain is NOT a serious injury. However, it causes a lot of pain that can be very disturbing and distract your normal life…
…in case you are experiencing neck strain, this article will enlighten you on different ways to alleviate it.
More so, this article will point out the symptoms of neck strain and when to see a doctor.
Causes of neck strain
The cervical spine is the protective mechanism that protects the spinal cord which is, perhaps the most delicate part of your body. It also allows a range of motion, a high degree of mobility, and provides support for the head.
The following activities can trigger the onset of neck muscle strain…
- Too much time hunched over…for example hunched over a steering wheel or your laptop or your smartphone which is very common today.
- Sleeping in a position that causes strain in the neck such as sleeping on a pillow that is too firm or too high.
- Carrying a heavy object like a suitcase on one side of your body.
- Any trauma that causes a strain in the neck such as falling and landing on the top of the head.
Neck muscle strain or neck sprain is characterized by pain and difficulty when rotating or moving the neck or head.
Remedies of Neck Muscle Strain
Minor ligament strains, tendon strains and muscle strains heal in a short time (one or two days)…
…until the symptoms of neck strain subside, neck pain and stiffness can be effectively alleviated using these self-care remedies…
- Applying ice or cold packs. Ice helps in fast healing because it reduces inflammation in the area. You should apply ice packs with 20-minute intervals within the first 24 hours.
- Heat application. Heat facilitates flow of blood that is rich in nutrients hence quickening the healing process. You can either apply heat wraps or moist heat from a bath or shower.
- Over the counter medicines. Neck Inflammation can be reduced by taking over the counter medications like naproxen (e.g. Aleve) or ibuprofen (e.g. Advil). Neck pain can also be reduced by taking pain killers such as acetaminophen (e.g. Tylenol).
- Massage. A gentle massage helps to stimulate blood flow, hence facilitating healing.neck
BONUS: When to see a doctor for Neck Strain
If you are experiencing more neck pain and neck stiffness…
…neck strain that lasts for more than one or two days…
…or is accompanied by arm tingling, numbness and pain, it is advisable to visit a health professional or a chiropractor.
ALSO if the symptoms of neck strain started after a trauma or an accident, it is important to see a health professional so that he or she can rule out any serious problems.
However, to get rid of neck strain completely…