Dealing With The Chronic Pain Of A Neck Injury

If you suffer from chronic neck pain, then it's important for you to find ways to get relief from the pain. You also want to know how to decrease your chances of aggravating your injury and triggering more pain. This article will help you with both preventing and dealing with neck pain.

Caring for your neck

When you know you have neck problems, you should be careful not to make things worse. Follow these tips to lower your chances of triggering pain:

  • Sleep on a comfortable pillow that holds your head in an even alignment with your spine.
  • Sit using correct posture with your back straight and your head held high so you are looking straight ahead.
  • Don't make any fast movements with your head.
  • Give yourself breaks often when you are doing anything that requires you to look down, such as when you are reading, washing dishes, etc.
  • Don't crack your neck, this can cause you to suffer a new injury or aggravate a current one. 

Getting relief from neck pain

When you are experiencing neck pain, there are some easy ways you can get some relief from it. Follow the tips here to feel better.

  • When you are experiencing a flare up, take any pain medication you have been prescribed as directed; don't wait past the prescribed time for the pain to show up.
  • Relax in a spa, whirlpool tub or in your bathtub with a handheld showerhead held to the painful area.
  • Use an over-the-counter pain relieving ointment on the area. You may need to try a few different brands until you find the right one that works to take away your pain.
  • Fill a sock with uncooked rice and tie it closed at the end. Put it in the microwave for a minute, check to see that it's not too hot and put it around your neck for heat-relief.
  • When you would prefer cold-relief, take the same sock you made above and put it in the freezer until it is cold. You can then use it on your neck for pain relief.
  • Allow your neck to relax by sitting or lying in a way where your head is fully supported without the help of your neck muscles. Propping up your pillows in bed or using a travel pillow for support when you're sitting in a chair can help.

By following the advice in this article, you should have an easier time dealing with your chronic neck condition. For further assistance, contact local professionals, such as those from