Treatment of a Pulled Neck Muscle

Updated June 13, 2017

A pulled muscle in your neck can result from a fall, auto accident or poor technique when lifting or exercising. The symptoms of a pulled muscle in your neck may include stiffness, swelling and pain, and can be treated at home or with medications, depending on the severity and extent of your injury. According to the Mayo Clinic and the National Library of Medicine, treatments of a pulled neck muscle include home remedies and pain-relieving medications.


Applying a heated rice bag or towel to your neck can reduce pain and relax your muscles, and can be done throughout the day and night without side effects.


Putting ice or cold packs on a pulled muscle can reduce swelling and inflammation, and can be alternated with heat.


Manual therapies such as massage, acupuncture or chiropractic care can reduce the pain of a pulled muscle in your neck and improve your muscle function.

Pain Relievers

You may take pain relievers such as ibuprofen or naproxen sodium for mild pain, and prescription-strength pain relievers may be necessary for treating a severe pulled neck muscle.

Muscle Relaxants

If your neck pain does not go away with pain relievers and home care techniques, your doctor may prescribe a muscle relaxant to reduce your symptoms.


Severely pulled muscles in your neck may result in the need to wear a neck brace for several weeks to help immobilise your muscles and prevent further injury.

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Jessica Lietz has been writing about health-related topics since 2009. She has several years of experience in genetics research, survey design, analysis and epidemiology, working on both infectious and chronic diseases. Lietz holds a Master of Public Health in epidemiology from The Ohio State University.