Treating a neck crick is usually a matter of waiting a few days for it to resolve on its own. In the meantime, Ervin advises taking an over-the-counter pain reliever.
“You can also apply heat or ice –whatever makes you feel better,” he says.
Once the pain has diminished, you can reduce your chances of getting a neck crick again by taking stock of how you’re spending your days and making some changes. If you spend long hours at the computer, try to find time to get up and move.
“Pay attention to how much time you spend in one position,” Ervin says. “Try to move and do a variety of activities.”
Some simple exercises such as tilting your chin to look to the ceiling and looking and left and right can help keep neck cricks at bay, he says.
Encourage your children, too, to move rather than spending long hours bent over their cell phones or tablets.
“We’ve seen children who are 10, 11 or 12 years old with back and neck pain,” Ervin says.
If you experience repeated neck cricks and pain or the symptoms don’t dissipate, it’s time to consider seeing a physician or other qualified medical provider.