Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

The Best Treatment for Neck Pain Is Prevention

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

The Best Treatment for Neck Pain Is Prevention

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Dear Doctor K: What treatments -- besides drugs or surgery -- will help to relieve my neck pain?

Dear Reader: Neck pain affects almost everyone at some time. Besides the physical discomfort, neck pain can trigger headaches and cause numbness, tingling or weakness in your arms. You may have trouble sleeping and difficulty turning your head.

If you suffer from constant neck pain, talk to your doctor. Neck pain that is constant, day after day for many months, is unusual and may have more serious causes. Your doctor can check to see if it is resulting from a medical condition such as arthritis.

Most neck pain is intermittent rather than constant, however. Such intermittent pain comes from muscle strains and tension caused by everyday situations like slouching, poor posture or sleeping with your neck twisted. …

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