Answers to Common Chronic Neck Pain Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about chronic neck pain.

How can neck pain be prevented?

You can reduce your risk of neck pain by using ergonomic workstations, such as standing desks, and positioning your computer monitor so you don’t have to flex your neck.

Other preventive measures: 

  • Take breaks from using your smartphone – to give your neck a break.
  • Hold your smartphone up, so you don’t have to bend your neck down to view the screen. 
  • Extend your neck up, to stretch out the muscles, when you feel a pull on your neck. 
  • Sleep with a firm pillow that keeps your neck and spine in a straight line. If you have a good, supportive mattress, but a pillow that allows your head and neck to sink in, you may wake up with neck and back pain. The same goes for a pillow that props your head up too much.

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Source: Max Berdichevsky, MD, Premier Orthopedic Spine Center

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