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Health Tip: Manage the Pain of a Neck Sprain

Health Tip: Manage the Pain of a Neck Sprain

03/20/12

(HealthDay News) -- A sprain in the ligaments of the neck can lead to symptoms including spasms, headache, stiffness and numbness in the arm or hand.

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons suggests how to manage a sprained neck:

  • Take an over-the-counter pain reliever.
  • Apply an ice pack to the sprain for the first few days after injury, then switch to a heating pad.
  • Gently massage the area.
  • Consider ultrasound or neck traction treatments.
  • Ask your doctor about whether aerobic and isometric exercises could be helpful.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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