To treat chronic neck pain, your doctor may prescribe
medicine to relax your neck muscles. Or you may get medicines to relieve pain
and help you sleep. You might also try massage or yoga to relieve neck
Surgery is rarely done to treat neck pain. But it may be
done if your pain is caused by a medical problem, such as pressure on the
spinal nerve roots, a tumor, or narrowing of the spinal canal.
Can you prevent neck pain?
You can avoid neck pain
caused by stress or muscle strain with some new habits. Avoid spending a lot of
time in positions that stress your neck. This can include sitting at a computer
for a long time.
If your neck pain is worse at the end of the
day, think about how you sit during the day. Sit straight in your chair with
your feet flat on the floor. Take short breaks several times an hour.
If your neck pain is worse in the morning, check your pillow and the
position you sleep in. Use a pillow that keeps your neck straight. Avoid
sleeping on your stomach with your neck twisted or bent.