Managing neck pain at home and when to see a GP
Neck pain can be caused by everything from sleeping in an uncomfortable position to sustaining a whiplash injury, but whatever the cause, neck pain can make it difficult for you to go about your day to day life.
If (for example) your neck pain was caused by a whiplash injury in Christchurch and this was not your fault, consider speaking to Accident Advice Helpline. Experts in personal injury claims, they are reachable on 0800 689 0500. To have a strong case you’ll need proof, such as a police report.
Managing neck pain at home
If you have neck pain and are unable to go to a doctor, there are a few things that you can do at home to manage the pain and allow you to go about your day to day life whilst you wait for your injury to heal. Remember that if your injury takes too long to heal, you should see a doctor to get a proper diagnosis and treatment.
- Take painkillers. Look out for anti-inflammatory painkillers in particular, which will help to bring down swelling and inflammation in your neck, helping it to recover more quickly.
- Try ice or heat. Depending on the type of pain and what works best for you, you may want to try ice or heat or alternating both to get pain relief and help your injury to heal. Try an ice pack immediately after your injury, and a few days later you can start applying a hot water bottle to the back of your neck.
- Try a low pillow. Many people prefer to sleep on two or more pillows, but actually sleeping on a low, firm pillow is much better for your neck and back. Even if you don’t want to change to this permanently, you may want to try it for a while.
When to see your GP
If your neck pain has persisted for more than a week and doesn’t seem to be getting any better, you should head to your GP to be sure that you are not suffering from anything more serious. If the pain is very bad and nothing is working to ease the pain, seeing your GP may be the only option.
Contact Accident Advice Helpline
If you want to discuss your accident in more detail with an adviser then dial 0800 689 0500 from your land line, or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile.
Alternatively you can text ‘Claim365’ to 88010 for us to give you a call.
Date Published: 4th May 2014
Author: David Brown