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How do doctors reduce swelling of neck injuries?

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If over-the-counter pain relievers don't do the trick, talk to your doctor. Depending on your symptoms, they may prescribe a stronger pain medicine or muscle relaxant. Corticosteroid injections may also help ease neck pain and swelling. Another way to reduce swelling is to put an ice pack on the painful area of your neck for about 15 to 20 minutes at a time, several times a day during the first couple of days after the neck injury. Place a towel or cloth between the ice pack and your skin. After a few days you can switch to a heating pad if it feels good on your neck.

SOURCES:

Makofsky, H.W., , SLACK Incorporated, 2003.  Spinal Manual Therapy: An introduction to soft tissue mobilization, spinal manipulation, therapeutic and home exercises

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Mayo Clinic.

Cleveland Clinic.

American Association of Neurologic Surgeons.

Centers for Disease Control. 

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on April 25, 2019

SOURCES:

Makofsky, H.W., , SLACK Incorporated, 2003.  Spinal Manual Therapy: An introduction to soft tissue mobilization, spinal manipulation, therapeutic and home exercises

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Mayo Clinic.

Cleveland Clinic.

American Association of Neurologic Surgeons.

Centers for Disease Control. 

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on April 25, 2019

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