Health Tip: Coping With Neck Pain

(HealthDay News) -- An injury or sleeping the wrong way can lead to a major pain in the neck.

The American College of Rheumatology suggests these ways to ease neck pain:

  • Stay as mobile as possible, and limit the use of a neck brace. Avoid regular exercise, but try to move the neck gradually and slowly in all directions.

  • Stretch neck muscles during a shower with the heated water running over your neck.

  • Within 48 hours of noticing neck pain, apply ice up to 10 minutes at a time. After 48 hours, apply heat.

  • Take an over-the-counter pain reliever, such as acetaminophen or an NSAID.

  • Consider massage therapy for chronic neck pain.

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