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A 24-year-old member asked:

Pulled muscle in neck lifting and still painful three weeks later. ice and ibuprofen have gelped, but still not 100%. help?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Scott Roethle
Anesthesiology 17 years experience
Stretch, light load: It really depends on the injury. A muscle strain may take several weeks to get better. Assuming no nerve or spine damage, you can likely proceed with stretching and light activity, and work back to normal activity depending on how it feels. Ibuprofen (nsaids), massage, heat or ice, may all continue to help. If any numbness, tingling, weakness, or shooting pains, see a doctor!
Dr. John Stork
Anesthesiology 44 years experience
May take longer.: Some strains are slow to improve. If pain persists, or if there is any numbness, tingling or weakness, nerve or spine injury could be involved, and your doctor may want to evaluate.
Last updated Aug 13, 2017

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