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2023 Dec 11



Multicenter, Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Crossover Trial Evaluating Topical Lidocaine for Mechanical Cervical Pain.


Cohen SP, Larkin TM, Weitzner AS, Dolomisiewicz ME, Wang EJ, Hsu A, Anderson-White M, Smith MS, Zhao Z


There are few efficacious treatments for mechanical neck pain, with controlled trials suggesting efficacy for muscle relaxants and topical non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Although studies evaluating topical lidocaine for back pain have been disappointing, the more superficial location of the cervical musculature suggests a possible role for topical local anesthetics.