A 84-year-old female asked:
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Have a real bad stiff neck, it will last for a week or more. What can I do for it?

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Dr. Douglas Linville II
29 years experience in Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Cervical DDD: Based upon age, you have cervical degenerative disc disease/spondylosis/arthritis. Like wrinkles of skin, arthritis is a certainty if we live long enough. After age 60, almost all people have arthritic changes. Stiff and painful is likely from inflammation from the above. Try some tylenol (acetaminophen) or aleve if safe for you, salonpas hot patches, ice/heat. If not effective, you may benefit from mckenzie pt.
Answered on Oct 19, 2013
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