In many cases, neck pain can be eased with over-the-counter painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen. Applying heat or cold compresses can also be useful. Neck exercises can help, especially if the cause of the pain is muscular. Sleeping with a low, firm pillow should help the neck return to normal and prevent the pain from returning.
You should consult a doctor if:
- The pain persists despite taking painkillers
- It still hurts or is stiff after a few weeks
- There are other symptoms, such as tingling or cold limbs
- Anything about the neck pain worries you