Has your neck been bothering you lately? Maybe you were recently rear-ended while driving or you took a tumble off of a curb while walking. Whatever the cause, an overstretched muscle or ligament in your neck can cause discomfort that keeps you from moving freely and going about your day. The orthopedic doctors at Premier Bone & Joint Centers in Thermopolis, Wyoming, can provide the effective neck sprain treatment you need to resume your busy routine.
How Do You Know If You Have a Neck Sprain?
Usually, a neck sprain will cause pain and stiffness that hinder movement, although the symptoms may take a day or two to develop. Other signs of a neck sprain include:
- Pain that radiates through the shoulders and upper back
- Muscle spasms in the neck, shoulders, or arms
- Patchy numbness or tingling sensations in the arms or hands
- Headache at the back of the head
- Ringing in the ears
It is especially important to see a physician right away if these symptoms develop after a whiplash injury, which occurs when the neck is suddenly forced forward, then rapidly snaps backward. Whiplash can result from a car accident, a head-jerking amusement park ride, or a direct blow to the head. If severe neck pain develops immediately, it’s best to go to the nearest emergency room to be assessed for a spinal cord injury. Otherwise, to address moderate or delayed pain, a board-certified, fellowship-trained spine doctor at Premier Bone & Joint Centers can provide neck sprain treatment.
Finding Relief From Neck Pain
Treatment for a mild neck sprain typically involves nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and ice pack applications during the first 48 hours followed by heat therapy. If necessary, a muscle relaxant may be prescribed to relieve painful spasms. Additionally, ultrasound therapy or cervical traction (immobilization) may be considered to improve comfort and promote healing.
You don’t have to allow a neck sprain to slow you down. Instead, schedule an appointment with an orthopedic specialist at Premier Bone & Joint Centers in Thermopolis, WY, today.