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Suggest treatment for stiff neck

I am 45 and hurt myself playing volleyball it started as a stiff neck and turned into muscle pain in my neck upper back and shoulder. The only releif I get is if i keep my shoulder in the correct posture position. I have been taking aleve or tylenol and it is not helping. Any other suggestions ?
Mon, 13 Apr 2015
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Hi,
Thanks for your query.

From the description that you have provided, it seems that you have suffered a muscle sprain. You need to provide rest to the neck- preferably use a cervical collar. Avoid massaging the area. Doing a hot fomentation will be helpful. Avoid all overhead activities and do not use a pillow.
In case the pain is persistent even after taking a mild pain killer, then you might need stronger prescription medicines like muscle relaxants after consulting your orthopedician.

I do hope that you have found something helpful and I will be glad to answer any further query.
Take care
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