Alleviate Neck and Back Pain with These Simple Remedies
According to a CDC study, more than 50% of U.S. adults suffer from one or more musculoskeletal pain disorders, including neuropathic pain and neck pain. Fortunately, there are numerous pain management strategies out there that can help restore daily functioning. Continue reading to learn more about remedies for minor back and neck pain.
Apply Ice, Then Heat
When back and neck pain first set in, apply ice to help reduce discomfort, stiffness and swelling. After the first 24 hours, the use of heating pads, hot baths, warm gel packs and the like help provide pain relief and healing benefits.
Take OTC Pain Relievers
Over-the-counter pain medications, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen, can help relieve pain and address general discomfort. Consult with your primary care provider to determine which medications are right for you.
Utilize Gentle Exercise
Exercise plays a vital role in pain relief. Not only does it help your neck and back heal more quickly, but it can also help prevent the recurrence of pain. Once acute pain subsides, a targeted program that combines stretching, strengthening and other low-impact exercises can help you restore functioning.
For proper spinal alignment, the discs between the vertebrae in your spine require water. Increasing your daily water intake when neck and back pain occur can help provide pain relief. Consider drinking a glass of water before every meal or carrying a one-liter water bottle when on the go as a reminder to stay hydrated.
Schedule an Appointment with a Neurosurgical Care Provider
If your neck and back pain continue to affect your quality of life, it may be time to schedule an appointment at a neurosurgical clinic. Beginning operations in December 2017, Carthage Area Hospital’s new neurosurgical clinic in the Carthage Professional Building, located at 3 Bridge St. in Carthage, NY, offers treatment services for neck, back and spine pain. Call 315-519-5990 to schedule an appointment.