Cervical Sprain

A cervical sprain is when the ligaments in the neck stretch or tear. The ligaments are the tissues that hold the neck bones in place.


  • Put ice on the injured area.

  • Put ice in a plastic bag.

  • Place a towel between your skin and the bag.

  • Leave the ice on for 15 to 20 minutes, 3 to 4 times a day.

  • Only take medicine as told by your doctor.

  • Keep all doctor visits as told.

  • Keep all physical therapy visits as told.

  • If your doctor gives you a neck collar, wear it as told.

  • Do not drive while wearing a neck collar.

  • Adjust your work station so that you have good posture while you work.

  • Avoid positions and activities that make your problems worse.

  • Warm up and stretch before being active.


  • You are bleeding or your stomach is upset.

  • You have an allergic reaction to your medicine.

  • Your problems (symptoms) get worse.

  • You develop new problems.

  • You lose feeling (numbness) or you cannot move (paralysis) any part of your body.

  • You have tingling or weakness in any part of your body.

  • Your pain is not controlled with medicine.

  • You cannot take less pain medicine over time as planned.

  • Your activity level does not improve as expected.


  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.