In the first part of this series, we have discussed the common causes of neck pain as well as how to avoid neck pain in seniors. In this blog post, we layout effective ways to manage neck pain in seniors, as recommended by our pain doctor in Gainesville.
Treating Neck Pain in Seniors
Despite the number and differences of causes, most neck problems are easily fixed with the help of a professional, or through conservative methods and proper self-care.
- Hot or Cold Compress
Using hot or cold compress for 20 minutes has been proven effective in getting rid of neck pain. At least 51% of patients in a study experienced pain alleviation using a hot compress, while 62% of patients felt better after a cold compress. Some 80% of the patients also said they will use the compress method if they experience neck pain again.
However, which method works better – hot or cold? Using a hot compress is more effective in treating chronic pain, such as arthritis, while a cold compress works best with acute injuries that show clear signs of inflammation, or strains. Whether you use a hot or cold compress, though, it’s important to take care not to keep it on for longer than 20 minutes to protect your skin from numbness or burns.
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