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Health Tip: Managing Neck Pain

-- If you've sustained a minor injury to your neck, there are things you can do to get the pain under control.

The U.S. National Library of Medicine offers these suggestions:

  • Use an over-the-counter pain reliever such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
  • Apply an ice pack for the first two or three days, followed by a few days of applying heat, such as by taking a hot shower or using a heating pad.
  • Gently exercise and stretch the neck, with up-and-down and side-to-side motions.
  • Have someone lightly rub or massage your neck.
  • Use a neck pillow or no pillow at all when you sleep. A firm mattress will help, too.
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Posted: January 2009