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Neck Strain (cont.)

Neck Strain Treatment

After the assessment of one's condition by a doctor, a plan will be formulated, in conjunction with the patient and his/her family, to treat the 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 one's usual daily physical activity and work.

If pain lasts beyond two to three weeks, consideration should be given for further evaluation.

Osteopathic manipulative therapy (administered by a physician trained in manipulative medicine), chiropractic care, acupuncture, or an evaluation by a physical therapist should all be considered.

Several treatment plans are available for the person with persistent pain, including home cervical traction, under the direction of a doctor and physical therapist. Contact a doctor for a referral, as needed.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/27/2015

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