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Managing a Back or Neck Pain Attack

Part of the Treating Your Back & Neck Pain For Dummies Cheat Sheet (UK Edition)

Suffering with back or neck problems can be extremely painful. Try some of the following tips to get your back and neck pain attack under control:

  • Go to bed but not for too long. Limit bed rest to two to three days to calm down your back and neck pain.

  • Use ice or heat. Both ice and heat can reduce muscle spasm and make you more comfortable.

  • Use anti-inflammatory medication. Unless you have a medical reason for not taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication, Advil, Nurofen, Motrin, Brufen, and other medications work very well for pain. Try aspirin or paracetamol as a painkiller first, though.

  • Start moving around, even during the bed-rest phase. Gradually increase your activity as soon as you can – walking is one of the best and safest exercises.

  • Return to normal activity. Gradually increase your activities until you return to normal levels.

If this self-management approach to your back or neck pain doesn’t provide significant relief after about a week, see a doctor.

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