Medications are commonly used to control pain, inflammation,
muscle spasm, and sleep disturbance.
Some general tips about treatment with medication:
should be used wisely! Take all medications exactly as prescribed
and report any side
effects to your doctor.
pain medicines are highly addictive!
pain medicine will control chronic pain if used over a long
medication will cure neck pain of degenerative origin.
A cervical collar is often used to provide support
and limit motion while an injured neck is healing. It
also helps keep the normal alignment. Cervical collars
can be soft (made of foam) or hard (made of metal or plastic).
Because these collars can restrict the movement of your
head, you may need help with eating and other activities.
The skin under the collar needs to be checked every day
to prevent blisters or sores.
cervical pillow is sometimes recommended for people who
have problems with neck pain at night. The cervical pillow
is designed to hold the neck in the best position to prevent
excess stress on the cervical spine during sleep.
doctor may have a physical therapist work on an exercise
program developed just for you. The physical therapist
will teach you ways to prevent further injury to your
a complete description of the rehabilitation of neck pain,
you may wish to review the document:
Steroid Injection (Nerve Block)
other treatments do not relieve your back pain, you may
be given an epidural steroid injection (ESI), or a cervical
nerve block. An ESI places a small amount of cortisone
into the bony spinal canal. Cortisone is a very b anti-inflammatory
medicine that may control the inflammation surrounding
the nerves and may ease the pain caused by irritated nerve
roots. The ESI is not always successful. This injection
is often used when other conservative measures do not
work, or in an effort to postpone surgery.