Video Series: Exercises for Cervical Spondylosis

Learn 3 Neck Stretches and Exercises

Spondylosis, or osteoarthritis of the spine, can affect the cervical spine (the neck).  It can be very painful and make you not want to move. Previously, doctors recommended bed rest, but now that’s limited to just a short period. Instead, medical professionals now recommend keeping your cervical spine mobile with several exercises and stretches. The thought is that if the muscles around your spine are doing a good job of supporting the spine, you will have less pain—and a healthier spine.

For cervical spondylosis, you can do exercises and stretches that focus on keeping your neck mobile.

To help you, SpineUniverse has put together exercise videos showing what exercises to do for cervical spondylosis.

Here are a few important things to keep in mind:

  • These videos are general guidelines. You should not do any of the stretches or exercises shown unless directed by your spine professional.
  • If you think of exercising as a 10 mile run followed by weight lifting, you may have to modify your exercise plan because of your pain. Your physician, physical therapist, or other spine professional will help you adjust your expectations within the context of your cervical spondylosis symptoms.
  • Don’t push yourself too hard while doing the exercises; you don’t want to injure yourself more. If you experience any pain or other symptoms (weakness, tingling, numbness, etc.), please contact your spine professional immediately.