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How Can A Neck Strain Be Treated?

A little more than a week ago, I had an ache/tension in my neck which persisted for 4-5 days. During this time, I had tingles in my arms. Then, all of a sudden, the tension disappeared and my head started dropping and wobbling, like it was too heavy for my neck. I went to the hospital and an orthopedic doctor told me that I had neck strain and that it would go away eventually. That was 5 days ago. Today, my neck is still weak and my head feels heavy after using it for a couple of hours, which prompts me to lie down for a small portion of the day to recuperate my neck strength (though there s barely any). I still have tingles in my arms from time to time, and also in my left leg - although it seems to be disappearing slowly but surely. My upper jaw tends to fall down on my lower jaw from time to time, perhaps it s due to the overall heaviness of the head? Let me stress that there is absolutely no pain whatsoever, no matter how I turn my head. Walking outside alleviates the pressure from the head on the neck for some odd reason, while sitting down or standing still can speed up my urge to lay down. So the thing that bothers me is my neck s inability to support my head. It s uncomfortable and prompts me to lie down as a pre-emptive measure. My questions are therefore: - Do I really have neck strain/muscular damage? - Will this neck weakness go away and if so, when do you think that ll happen approximately? - Do you have any advice?
Sun, 27 May 2018
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Hello and Welcome to ‘Ask A Doctor’ service.
I have reviewed your query and here is my advice.

As long as you performed a clinical assessment and Radiological investigations for your neck, you don't have to worry, and it's mostly the result of muscular strain which needs few days to weeks to resolve depending on the degree, At the moment you can benefit from the following:-
1- Rest your neck.
2- Take over the counter analgesics such as Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen.
3- Apply cold compressors for 15 minutes, every 3-4 hours.
4- Apply topical drugs such as Diclofenac Gel.
5- Do clinical and laboratory assessment in the nearest medical center, if your condition did not improve, including X-ray, blood tests, and routine investigations.



I hope I have answered your query. Let me know if you have any further questions.

Take care.
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How Can A Neck Strain Be Treated?

Hello and Welcome to ‘Ask A Doctor’ service. I have reviewed your query and here is my advice. As long as you performed a clinical assessment and Radiological investigations for your neck, you don t have to worry, and it s mostly the result of muscular strain which needs few days to weeks to resolve depending on the degree, At the moment you can benefit from the following:- 1- Rest your neck. 2- Take over the counter analgesics such as Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen. 3- Apply cold compressors for 15 minutes, every 3-4 hours. 4- Apply topical drugs such as Diclofenac Gel. 5- Do clinical and laboratory assessment in the nearest medical center, if your condition did not improve, including X-ray, blood tests, and routine investigations. I hope I have answered your query. Let me know if you have any further questions. Take care.