How to Treat a Neck Sprain. The neck is prone to sprains, because it is the least protected area of the spinal column with the most stresses demanded of it. If you've damaged a muscle, tendon or ligament in your neck area and have ruled out more severe conditions involving vertebrae or nerves, you can treat the sprain effectively and probably heal completely within a few days.
Things You'll Need
- Gel pack, bag of ice or bag of frozen peas
- Over-the-counter medication for pain and inflammation
- Information on stretching
Contain the Pain
Treat yourself immediately after a sprain for the best results.
Take over-the-counter medicines such as aspirin or ibuprofen to help reduce the inflammation that causes pain.
Ice the injured area for immediate pain relief and additional suppression of inflammation. Alternate ice use for 20 minutes on and 40 minutes off. A flexible gel pad gives great coverage on the neck.
Use a topical anti-inflammatory gel from the first-aid aisle at your grocery or pharmacy for pain relief at times when an ice pack is too cumbersome.
Prevent a Rerun
Continue anti-inflammatory treatment for at least 3 days following your injury, in order to prevent a relapse.
Treat neck pain by increasing your freedom of movement in that area. Get a book such as "Stretching" and do this daily (see Resources below).