Cervicalgia Teaching 1608

Patient/CG were instructed on: Treatment for cervicalgia ( neck pain ) are usually conservative and include methods of relieving inflammation . Applying ice to the area is a good way of relieving pain and swelling and is often advised where a muscle tear is suspected. Heat is contraindicated in such a situation as this is likely to make the problem worse by increasing blood flow to the area. If the cervicalgia is due to muscle tension rather than an injury then thermotherapy can be effective in aiding relaxation of the muscle and relieving neck pain. Adequate rest and the temporary use of a supportive neck collar is also helpful in some cases of cervicalgia ( neck pain ) although it is inadvisable to use a collar long-term as this may itself lead to muscle weakness in the neck. Many patients also make use of anti-inflammatory medications, including prescribed drugs, and natural supplements to lower inflammation and pain. Physical therapy, including neck stretches and strengthening exercises, is a good idea for anyone who suffers from chronic neck pain, and intractable cases may require more invasive surgical intervention to address some causes of cervicalgia