A good chiropractor will give you a full evaluation—physical, orthopedic and neurological. Most neck pain has a complex of factors, from spinal, to muscular, to fascial, to disk, and each one needs addressing. Some factors you can take care of yourself, but others just need professional care.
If you have fixated spinal joints (subluxation), you will need a chiropractor to release them. No rest, stretching, exercising, heat, ice, or Advil is going to take that pain away. Only a chiropractic adjustment will do that–by opening the joint and restoring movement. Don’t underestimate this crucial step—it is why so many neck pain cases never fully resolve. Get your neck pain evaluated by a chiropractor for the most comprehensive approach to neck pain relief.