Treatment for cervicalgia varies with symptoms and is suspected. If you have been injured, apply ice to your neck and check with your doctor immediately. Early treatment may involve prescription-strength anti-inflammatory and painkillers. You may also be advised to wear a temporary cervical collar to support your head. Wearing the collar gives your neck muscles a chance to rest and heal.
If the injury does not cause your neck pain, it may be due to stress. In such cases, you can take steps at home to ease your pain. First, take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen, to reduce swelling. These medications also help your muscles to relax, which also relieves your pain. Applying a heating pad will help too.
If you spend a lot of time at your desk at work or at home, you can take precautions to prevent cervicalgia. Make sure your seat supports your lower back. Your feet should rest flat on the floor, with knees bent at right angles. Adjust the armrest of your chair so your elbows and arms rest in the chair. Rest your arms on the desktop if your keyboard is on the table. If your table is too high, you may need a footrest to sit comfortably and safely.
If you have kyphosis, massage and stretching help to relax the muscles in the upper chest and neck. Strengthening the muscles in your upper back can help re-balance your body. The pain caused by kyphosis often seems to get worse if you stand or sit in the same position for a long time, but the pain usually disappears once you start moving around.
Regardless of the cause, your cervicalgia can be sustained and persistent. If your discomfort does not go away with rest, anti-inflammatory drugs, and alternating hot and cold packs, you need to see a doctor. This is especially true if you suspect you have been injured within weeks of the onset of symptoms.