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Other Treatment

Other types of treatment for neck pain may help relieve your symptoms, restore movement, and strengthen the muscles around your spine to help prevent further injury.

Other treatment choices

Other types of treatment include:

  • Cervical (neck) collarsCervical (neck) collars. These may be used for short periods of time to help reduce pain by restricting neck movement.
  • Traction. This is a technique used to stretch the neck and relax the spinal nerve root openings. It may be used if there is no risk of instability in the neck. There is not strong evidence that traction helps.3
  • Low-level laser therapy. This uses targeted light energy to decrease pain and promote healing. A review of studies suggests that it can help both sudden (acute) and long-term (chronic) neck pain.4
  • Radiofrequency ablationRadiofrequency ablation (or percutaneous radiofrequency neurotomy). The purpose of this procedure is to interrupt the pain signal as it travels through the nerve. There is not strong evidence that this helps.2

Complementary and alternative treatments

Complementary and alternative treatments are sometimes used to relieve pain and restore neck mobility. They include:

  • MassageMassage, to help with relaxation, decreased pain, and increased flexibility.
  • YogaYoga or qi gongqi gong, which are programs of exercises to help improve flexibility and breathing, decrease stress, and maintain health.
  • AcupunctureAcupuncture, which is done by inserting very thin needles into the skin. Acupuncture is used to relieve pain and to treat many health conditions.
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Last Updated: November 19, 2012
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