Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Neck Sprain or Strain Treatment

Treatment for a neck sprain or strain depends on the severity of the injury. Treatment often includes rest, cervical collar, medications, and cold compresses for the first 48 hours. Medications that can be used to treat a neck sprain or strain include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories, acetaminophen, narcotic pain medications, and muscle relaxants. After 48 hours, warm compresses, gentle stretching, massage, and physical therapy become part of the treatment.

Treatment options for a neck sprain or strain may include:

Neck Sprain or Strain Questions For Doctor

The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of neck sprain or strain.

Questions to ask before treatment:

  • What are my treatment options?
  • What are the risks associated with treatment?
  • What are the complications I should watch for?
  • How long will I be on medication?
  • What are the potential side effects of my medication?
  • Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
  • Should I take my medication with food?

Questions to ask after treatment:
  • Do I need to change my diet?
  • Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
  • When can I resume my normal activities?
  • When can I return to work?
  • Do I need a special exercise program?
  • Will I need physical therapy?
  • Will I need occupational therapy?
  • What else can I do to reduce my risk for having this injury again?
  • How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
  • What local support and other resources are available?

Neck Sprain or Strain Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat neck sprain or strain:

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Last Updated: Dec 21, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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