Neck Strain Treatment

Medically Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian, MD on January 25, 2022

1. When to Seek Medical Care Immediately

See a doctor or go to a hospital emergency room if:

  • An accident caused neck strain.
  • Headaches, numbness, tingling, or weakness occur with the pain.

2. Ease Muscle Spasms

  • Apply dry or moist heat to the area.

3. Treat Pain

4. Avoid Unnecessary Neck Strain

  • When the person is lying down, place a small pillow under the nape of the neck to align the head and neck.

5. Follow Up

  • See a doctor if pain doesn't get better or worsens.