Health Tip: Manage the Pain of a Neck Sprain

(HealthDay News) — A sprain in the ligaments of the neck can lead to symptoms including spasms, headache, stiffness and numbness in the arm or hand.

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons suggests how to manage a sprained neck:

  • Take an over-the-counter pain reliever.
  • Apply an ice pack to the sprain for the first few days after injury, then switch to a heating pad.
  • Gently massage the area.
  • Consider ultrasound or neck traction treatments.
  • Ask your doctor about whether aerobic and isometric exercises could be helpful.