A neck strain isn’t the most serious injury, but it can turn into a nagging problem if you don’t take immediate action. And if that happens, you may come to find that you’re unable to live your best life.
If you suffer a neck strain, such as on the job while lifting a heavy object, stop what you’re doing to assess your situation. This should lead you to report your injury to your employer and seek immediate medical care.
Remember, you shouldn’t assume that you “only” have a neck strain. You can’t understand the true extent of your injury until you consult with a medical professional.
With the guidance of your doctor, you can treat a neck strain in many ways:
- Dry or moist heat to ease muscle spasms
- Over the counter pain medication to help you deal with discomfort
- Adjusting the way you sleep to ensure that you don’t aggravate your condition
- Avoiding physical exertion that could cause additional injury
Depending on your profession, a neck strain may make it difficult to do your job. For example, if you work as a mover, you shouldn’t return to work until your injury is completely healed.
If you injured your neck on the job, you have the legal right to file a workers’ compensation claim. You should do this if you’re unable to immediately return to work.
Every injured worker hopes that they can quickly begin to receive workers’ compensation payments, but don’t be surprised if you find a denial letter in your mailbox, instead. If this happens, find out more about your right to file an appeal.