what is best for neck pain- hot or cold?

United States
May 15, 2007 7:20pm CST
My hubby has pain from vertebraes. What would be best using hot or cold or a mixture of both? Any other suggestions to reduce discomfort?
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7 responses
16 May 07
Have you tried these gels that you now get that contain pain relief. YOu jut rub them on and the painkiller is absorbed through the skin to the affected area which makes the pain relief more targeted. http://www.netdoctor.co.uk/medicines/100001314.html Have a look at this link and let me know what you think.
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• United States
16 May 07
If there is inflammation it is best to use a cold compress at first along with something like ibuprofen, both for pain relief and to reduce inflammation. Then hot compresses or heating pads work well, but first its important to relieve the inflammation. Sounds like this might be a chronic condition, if it is your doctor may have a regime that is best to follow.
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@byfaithonly (10717)
• United States
16 May 07
I really have no idea but I will certainly keep your husband in my prayers - I've had some horrid back problems myself the last year or so and know the pain it causes.
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@jennybianca (12918)
• Australia
16 May 07
A hot pack is by far the best for neck pain.Buy one of those from the chemist, they are quite effective. Make sure it is not too hot, as your hubby doesn't want his neck scalded.
@rusty2rusty (6734)
• Defiance, Ohio
16 May 07
I would suggest using what ever works best for him. Try the hot compasses and see ho whe feels. Than try th ecold and see how he feels. I know I do a hot shower or the hot tub when my neck, hips and leg hurts. It helps relieve the tension I feel. When my neck really hurts cause it has popped out of place. I will put a cold compress on it. That is the only way it will feel better than.
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@villageanne (8579)
• United States
16 May 07
Personally I use heat on my neck. I have a tube sock that is filled with wheat and I pop it in the microwave for about 2 and a half minutes. It works great for me. I put handles on the tube sock and made a little cover for it so I can wash the cover. I love it and I made it myself. I hope your husband feels better soon as pain is no fun
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@linda345 (2661)
• Canada
19 May 07
Has he tried going to a chripractor. I have alot of back trouble at times and I visit my DC and he has me back to normal in no time. Sometimes I use that icy hot cream on my back. That provides minimal relief until I see the chripractor.