Neck pain is a resulting symptom of a number of possible conditions. Neck pain can be chronic, lasting 3 months or longer, or it can be acute. Acute neck pain will often heal on its own or with the help of at-home remedies and rest and is usually gone when the cause has been alleviated.
Neck pain can occur from damage or disease of the cervical spine or the muscles and ligaments in the structure of the neck. Depending on the specific cause and whether or not the diagnosis is chronic or acute, there are a variety of treatments that can be effective.
Muscle relaxants are a common treatment for recurring neck pain.
Muscle relaxants are medications that can be divided into two primary types: antispasmodic and antispasticity. Antispasmodic medication can reduce the muscle spasms that can occur during muscle pain. On the other hand, antispasticity medications reduce the resulting tightness, stiffness, or the feeling of a “pulled” muscle. Muscle relaxants are most often prescribed for the temporary relief of neck pain.
Often muscle relaxant medications are combined with other medications for a complete treatment program. For instance, some patients experience relief when a muscle relaxant is combined with aspirin and caffeine.
Just like with all medications, there is a risk of side effects from muscle relaxants. One of the most common effects of muscle relaxants is drowsiness that can impair individuals when performing daily tasks such as driving a car. It is most often recommended that these drugs be taken at night so the most severe side effects occur while the patient is sleeping.
Most are these side effects are tolerable, however, or are not felt by most patients. If you are unable to cope with the side effects or you are concerned about them, talk with your doctor about discontinuing treatment and trying another method of relief.
Do you think that muscle relaxants can help with your neck pain?
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