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Suggest treatment for neck pain

Hi..How are you
I have a lot of problems with my neck. its been the same for the past three years. my xray showed no abnormalities. it cracks a lot and is very painful. today it has gotten worse and I cant move it to the left fully, its also going down in to my shoulder.
thank you
Thu, 20 Mar 2014
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Hi, thanks for writing to HCM.

The general treatment guidelines for pain in the cervical spine are as follows -

* Use of Soft Collars -These collars limit neck motion and allow the muscles of the neck to rest. Soft collars should only be worn for short periods of time because long-term wear can decrease the strength of neck muscles.

* Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) - are thought to be the most effective painkillers for symptoms of cervical spine related problems. Some commonly used NSAIDs include - Diclofenac, Ibuprofen and Naproxen. If you experience spasms, when your neck muscles suddenly tighten uncontrollably, a short course of a muscle relaxant may be needed.

* Physical therapy - Strengthening and stretching weakened or strained muscles is usually the first treatment that is advised. Physical therapy programs vary, but they generally last from 6 to 8 weeks.

* Ice, heat, other modalities - Use of ice, heat, massage, and other local therapies can help relieve symptoms.

I suggest you to consult an orthopedic surgeon for a detailed clinical examination and further management.

Hope this information is helpful. Good day

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Suggest treatment for neck pain

Hi, thanks for writing to HCM. The general treatment guidelines for pain in the cervical spine are as follows - * Use of Soft Collars -These collars limit neck motion and allow the muscles of the neck to rest. Soft collars should only be worn for short periods of time because long-term wear can decrease the strength of neck muscles. * Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) - are thought to be the most effective painkillers for symptoms of cervical spine related problems. Some commonly used NSAIDs include - Diclofenac, Ibuprofen and Naproxen. If you experience spasms, when your neck muscles suddenly tighten uncontrollably, a short course of a muscle relaxant may be needed. * Physical therapy - Strengthening and stretching weakened or strained muscles is usually the first treatment that is advised. Physical therapy programs vary, but they generally last from 6 to 8 weeks. * Ice, heat, other modalities - Use of ice, heat, massage, and other local therapies can help relieve symptoms. I suggest you to consult an orthopedic surgeon for a detailed clinical examination and further management. Hope this information is helpful. Good day