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How to get rid of pain and stiffness in the neck?


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Published At November 25, 2023
Reviewed AtNovember 25, 2023

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I am a 33-year-old active female. A few days ago I went for a bike ride on a cold morning and I felt pain and stiffness in my neck. It got better in four days so I went for a freestyle swim. It did not hurt after the swim but by the next day, I was motionless. I did my best to stretch and rest for weeks but I did continue to bike two to three times a week, just a slow pace up hills. It has been two months and I have a much better range of motion (for the past few weeks) but still, I have stiffness and some pain. I avoid Ibuprofen if I can but when I consume it, (only 200-400 mg, one or two times a month) I get a cold. I eat a clean diet and focus on hydration and sleep. I am sensitive to prescription drugs. I have been taking ginger and turmeric two to three times a day for about three weeks. Also, I sleep on a Tempurpedic bed with no pillow, or a neck pillow which does not help. It seems to be the most sore at night because of the lack of motion. I really do not want this neck pain to last any longer. Please help.

Thank you.

Answered by James F. Geiselman


Welcome to icliniq.com.

I can understand your concern. Based on your description, it is unlikely that this is a simple sprain or strain. Since you are still experiencing issues since ten weeks after your initial injury, it is unlikely that your pain will go away on its own. I would suggest you go to a local chiropractor for treatment and proper care. He or she may want to order an X-ray or other diagnostic test to confirm their diagnosis but I would suspect that the doctor will recommend a trial of care to see how you respond to care.

I hope this helps you.

Thank you.


Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

James F. Geiselman
James F. Geiselman


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