Tips for Treating Neck Pain at Home

Neck pain treatment

Neck pain treatment can be tricky because your neck is supported by a series of connected muscles, ligaments, tendons and spinal vertebrae. This system plays a vital role in your ability to move your head and neck. Since your neck is so important to your livelihood, it’s hard to ignore any pain that affects it.

Many types of injuries can cause pain in your neck. Your pain may be the result of something minor like a pinched nerve or from something more serious like a slipped disc in your spine or a chronic condition like degenerative disc disease.

No matter the cause, if you’re suffering from nerve pain you should contact a physical therapist for help. Physical therapy can help you reduce pain and improve your quality of life by strengthening stretching your muscles and ligaments to reduce your neck pain. Physical therapy can also help you regain skills affected by neck damage, like the ability to turn your head without pain.

Neck pain should always be taken seriously. If you’re in pain that’s severe, lasts longer than a few days or is joined by other concerning symptoms, you should visit your doctor.

You also can help to treat neck pain by doing helpful things at home. Here are a few tips for you to follow if you’re living with neck pain.

Four tips for treating neck pain at home

  1. Medication — Depending on your type of neck pain, you may benefit from painkiller medications or topical ointments that you can find in a store for helping reduce your pain. If in doubt about which medication is right for you, talk to your doctor.
  2. Fuel your body — Your body needs vitamins and nutrients to heal itself, fight inflammation and stay fit. Make sure you’re getting the vitamins and nutrients you need to help with neck pain. Talk with your doctor about which supplements may help you.
  3. Rest — Getting rest and sleep helps your body focus its resources on healing damage related to conditions like neck pain. In many cases of minor neck pain, rest and sleep may be all that is necessary for recovery. With more serious conditions, you’ll still require treatment, but rest and sleep will help you manage your pain. Don’t try to be tough and push through the pain because this can ultimately make it worse.
  4. Posture — Neck pain may be the result of poor posture. Sitting or standing with poor posture can put pressure on your neck that can lead to pain. Focus on keeping your back straight and sitting in positions that relieve pressure from your spine and neck. If you sit for long periods of time at work, get up every hour to walk and stretch.

Schedule an appointment for neck pain treatment at SSOR

If you have neck pain and would like treatment, talk with the team at Specialists in Sports and Orthopedic Rehabilitation (SSOR). Our physical therapists are skilled in helping patients with neck pain and other conditions of the neck and spine. Indeed, we may be able to help reduce your pain and improve your quality of life.

Contact us today if you’re ready to discover how physical therapy-based neck pain treatment can help you.