Neck Pain

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Neck pain is a common problem, affecting many adults at some time in their lives. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about neck pain and gives some tips on how to deal with it in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Neck pain can involve just the neck and shoulders, or it may radiate down an arm. The pain can be dull or feel like an electric shock into your arm.

Neck pain caused by muscle tension or strain usually goes away on its own within a few days. Neck pain that continues longer than several weeks may require steroid injections or even surgery.

To help relieve discomfort:

Apply ice to your neck for 15 minutes three or more times a day. Taking a hot shower or bath can help relax strained muscles.

Stretch your neck muscles gently.

Rub the sore places in your neck to help relieve muscle spasms, and

Practice good posture. Keep your back supported, and make sure that your computer monitor is at eye level.

Call your health care provider if you have neck pain that:

Worsens in spite of self-care

Persists after several weeks of self-care

Radiates down your arms or legs, or

Is accompanied by headache, numbness or tingling

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.