1. Seek Medical Care
See a doctor. Or go to a hospital emergency room if:
2. Relieve Muscle Tension
- Immediately after an injury, it's helpful to apply ice to the site of the pain. Later, some people find relief by applying dry or moist heat to the area.
3. Treat Pain
4. Prevent Unnecessary Neck Strain
- When the person is lying down, place a small pillow under the nape of the neck to align head and neck.
5. Follow Up
- Treatment may include a cervical collar, muscle relaxants, exercises, or physical therapy.