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A complete medical history, including a description of any injury is taken by the doctor. The doctor will then do a thorough physical examination, carefully checking neck tenderness and motion, and how the arms and legs are affected by the neck problem. Proper investigations including X–rays will be done, and if the patient needs further evaluation, the doctor might order any of the following:
Diagnosis of Neck Pain Diagnosis of Neck Pain
Treatment of Neck Pain
Treatment will vary with the cause. Pain relievers such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen and naproxen are likely to be prescribed, and possibly, muscle&relaxing drugs, depending on the nature of the problem. If bacterial infection is suspected, the doctor will also prescribe antibiotics, which must be taken for the entire time period the doctor advises.
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In general, neck pain is treated with rest and immobilization at first, and possibly physical therapy, exercise, and massage later on. If the muscles and ligaments are inflamed after overstretching, the doctor might recommend wearing a neck collar for a specified amount of time.
Injuries are usually treated with ice or cold compresses applied several times a day for only 10 to 20 minutes at a time for the first day or two, followed by warm compresses to promote healing once the swelling has gone down. More serious injuries are treated with immobilization, tractions, and manipulation. Surgery is sometimes done to repair slipped discs.

Prevention of Neck Pain
The following measures might be helpful in preventing neck pain and injury:
Prevention of Neck Pain Prevention of Neck Pain