Dr. Ramin Raiszadeh explains conservative treatments for neck pain.
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The conservative treatments for neck pain are several. First, it could be rest. So, if you know that you twisted your neck or if you know you slept wrong, rest it. Next, is anti-inflammatory medicines, Motrin, Ibuprofen, Advil, Naprosyn, all these are great anti-inflammatory medicines that we take. Tylenol as contrary to belief, you know a lot of people use Tylenol just for anti-inflammatory action but Tylenol has no anti-inflammatory action, everything that Tylenol does is for pain. So, if you have a lot of pain, you can take the Tylenol but the downside of the Tylenol is you got to watch out because it could hurt your liver. So, Tylenol is good for pain. Anti-inflammatory medicines are great for—if you immediately injured it and they could help you resolve and get you over the acute symptoms. Once your acute symptoms are resolved, then you start physical therapy. So again, time, rest, medicines, short-term I’m not a fan of long-term medicine use and not narcotics. So, no Vicodin, Percocet; these stronger narcotics is clearly kept for other instances. But for those medicines, in addition once you resolved the acute symptoms, then I would start with physical therapy; strengthening and stretching of your neck muscles or your back muscles.