Cervical Spondylosis/ Degenerative Neck Disease - Exercises

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Dr. Nithin Jayan
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Cervical spondylosis Exercises

Here are some moderate exercise plans that can help prevent cervical spondylosis:

  • Use firm mattress and keep your head at a level. Do not sleep on your stomach. Use pillows which do not bend your back for more than 15 degrees. Sleep on your back or on your side.
  • Regular neck exercises are necessary that will help reduce the neck pain.
  • Slowly bend your head to the right, hold, and return it to the center. Do the same to the left.
  • Slowly move your chin down towards your chest, hold, and relax., then bring your head back up. Again move your head upwards towards the ceiling, hold for 10-15 seconds and bring your head back down.
  • Bend your head straight over towards your left ear, hold and return it to the center. Do the same to the right side.

Isometric exercises

Try doing some isometric exercise but remember not to hold your breath while doing these exercises. For each exercise press 5 to 6 counts, then relax.

  • Press your palm into your forehead. Resist any motion.
  • Press both your hands on back of your head. Try to pull your head up but resist any motion.
  • Press your hands against your temple. Try to turn your chin to both sides of your shoulder, but resist any motion.
  • You can do all these exercise five times, each twice a day.

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I have coped with pain from multilevel degenerative cervical spondylosis for 10 years and now it has become more constant and much more nagging. There are periods when pain isn't as sever but it is constantly present. This makes it difficult to concentrate and focus on anything else and do normal things in life. I am very depressed over this and do not know what to do. I sought counselling, but it is not helping because I can not detach my mind from the pain in the back. Has anybody else had same experience and how have overcome this.

dear sir,,for the past 2 months i under go the treatment for cervical spondylosis. now i feel that i got paining in the legs for the past 10 days .. and doctor said that i have to go for a surgery but i under go heart surgery in the year july 2012...sir can u suggest me the best option

samvedna.pathak

which type of diet must be given and must be restricted for cervical spondylitis ?

lovashyam1166

I Lova Raju i am suffering with cervical spine as per MRI report small osteophytes noted over C5 and C6 vertebral bodies diffuse annular bulging and postero-central protresion of C5/C6 interverterbral disc causing compression on cord and bilateral neural foramina. diffuse annular bulging and right posterior para central protrusion of C3/C4 and C4/C5 intervetbral discs causing diffuse compression on cord. diffuse annular bulging of C6/C7 intervetbral discs causing compression on cord and neural foramen. Please suggest me a better solution.

jamal_khan

Is cervical spondylosis curable completly or what level we can recover. plz reply

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