Stiff Neck? 5 Tips for Pain Relief After an Injury

From mild stiffness to severe pain from injuries like car crashes or falls, neck pain can make even the simplest task seem impossible. 

While basic stretches can help provide relief from daily aches and pains, pain caused by a slip-and-fall or auto accident is something that should be assessed and treated by a medical professional. There might not be a one-size-fits-all solution for neck pain, but our team at AIPI can help you find the best treatment option for you. 

In the meantime, here are a few tips that can help you find some additional relief at home.

Stay Active

Exercise not only helps strengthen your muscles and prevent injuries, it also helps to improve your posture which will ultimately relieve and prevent neck stiffness. Keep your neck muscles strong by doing short sets of strengthening and stretching exercises throughout the day. 

Speak with a doctor before starting any routine though as they’ll be able to recommend exercises or stretches that are safest for you.

Reduce Stress

Practicing self care can help reduce stress and, consequently, relieve muscle tension in your neck. You can try activities such as meditating, listening to music, journaling, going for a walk, or you can treat yourself to a spa day or vacation. 

Drink Water 

Poor fluid intake can translate to poor muscle quality, which makes it all the more easy for injuries to occur in the first place. To prevent this, keep yourself properly hydrated by drinking at least 8 large glasses of water per day. 

Better Sleep Quality

If you often experience neck pain in the morning, there’s a good chance that it’s related to your sleep position and/or environment. Sleeping on your side or your back puts less strain on your neck than sleeping on your stomach. However, a pain management specialist will be able to advise you on certain sleep positions that are most accommodating to your specific injury.

Make Ergonomic Adjustments

Create an ergonomic workstation for yourself by positioning your computer monitor and/or laptop so that they’re directly eye level. Avoid straining your neck even beyond office hours by applying the same “eye level” rule while using your smartphone. 

Getting the Help You Need

If your neck pain started after suffering a recent injury, AIPI is here to help. From slip-and-fall accidents to auto collisions, our team is dedicated to finding the best treatment options for you so that you can get back to living beyond your pain. Give us a call today to schedule a consultation.