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How should I treat a neck sprain?

A patient with a neck sprain should rest, apply ice, and stay away from activities that cause pain. When pain is better, exercises can increase neck motion in all directions.

(This answer provided for NATA by the University of Alabama Athletic Training Education Program.)

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