Got A Kink in Your Neck?

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Oh boy, I was at the gym, and while doing ninja rolls as part of my class, I jacked up my neck. I'm pretty sure I'm going to end up with stiff neck pain and what I want most to do is avoid getting a neck muscle spasm.

Here's what to do for muscle pain relief in general and for my case, stiff neck treatment:

First, I took 4 tablets of OTC ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) every 6 hours (that's the max) - 4 tablets of OTC ibuprofen = 1 tablet of 800mg ibuprofen which is prescription only. VERY IMPORTANT PART HERE: I do not recommend taking 800mg of ibuprofen without seeing your doctor first; follow the directions on the OTC bottle instead!

Next, I decided it would be a good idea to ice my injury to keep it from swelling and to help the muscle heal. Ice should be applied for no more than 10 minutes, 3 to 4 times a day. Icing for longer than 10 - 15 minutes can do more harm than good. You should do the ice treatment until the swelling goes down or for a maximum of 12 to 24 hours. If you have a more serious injury (like an ankle sprain), maximum swelling may occur up to 48 hours after the injury. In this case, you may need to continue the icing process for 48 to 72 hours (2 to 3 days). 

I would not use heat at this point in my recovery because it can lead to more swelling and further tissue damage. I will start to apply heat about 48 to 72 hours after my injury occurred. When I get to the point where it's okay to start using heat, I will apply the heat for 15 to 20 minutes three to four times a day.

I should probably rest my injury for about 2 to 3 days (yeah right, let's see if that happens), and then start doing some physical activity with it to get it moving and working right - one of my goals was to keep my muscle from getting stiff!

I think that just about sums it up! 

Check out my site at to see a video that goes along with this article and for more information on how to treat that kink in your neck.

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Cate Sibley, Pharm.D. has 1 articles online

My name is Cate Sibley, and along with my good friend Nova, I run a site called I am a licensed pharmacist trying to share my knowledge and offer help to those with questions relating to their medications and health - something I have a hard time doing while at the pharmacy due to lack of time and privacy. Come to my site and I will be sure to give you what you need. In return, you will be giving me the opportunity I've been looking for with my pharmacy career -the chance to help you and others in a private and hassle-free manner.

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This article was published on 2010/03/30