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Neck Strain Treatment
After the assessment of your condition by your doctor, a plan will be formulated, in conjunction with you and your family, to treat your injuries. Consideration will be given to the length of time that might be involved for recovery. The vast majority of neck strains heal themselves with appropriate supportive self-care alone. Many people do not need specific medical intervention.
Rest and apply local heat for symptomatic relief, and gradually resume your usual daily physical activity and work.
If pain lasts beyond two to three weeks, consideration should be given to an evaluation by a physical therapist. Several treatment plans are available for the person with persistent pain, including home cervical traction, under the direction of your doctor and physical therapist. You should contact your doctor for a referral, as needed.
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