Conservative Treatment for Neck Pain: Medications, Physical Therapy, and Exercise

Publication year: 2011
Source: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics of North America, In Press, Corrected Proof, Available online 14 June 2011

Sanjog, Pangarkar , Paul C., Lee

This article offers conservative treatment strategies for patients suffering from musculoskeletal causes of neck pain. Basic pharmacology is reviewed, including that of opioids, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, adjuvants, and topical analgesics. Moreover, indications for therapeutic exercise, manual therapy, and modalities are reviewed, along with any supporting literature. Treatment considerations with each category of medication and physical therapy are discussed. This article is meant to serve as a resource for physicians to tailor conservative treatment options to their individual patients.