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Hot or cold for neck pain?

Muscle pain is a fact of life. After a long day in the garden, a game of golf, or a journey by car or plane, you may feel a few aches and pains.

Before you reach for the anti-inflammatories and pain killers, try a more gentle approach. Paracetamol, ibuprofen and other products can be very effective, but require professional advice.

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If you have felt a wrenching or tearing sensation, accompanied by pain or loss of function, seek professional advice immediately, before administering any pain relief. If you have injured yourself considerably, it is best not to mask any symptoms. Furthermore, if you have taken one medication, your doctor may be unable to administer a more effective drug until your system is clear.