Cervical spondylosis, also known as cervical osteoarthritis or neck arthritis, is a common, age-related condition that affects the joints and discs in your neck. It develops from wear and tear of the cartilage and bones of your cervical spine. While it is largely due to age, it can be caused by other factors as well. The condition is present in more than 85 percent of people over the age of 60, although some people who have it never experience symptoms. For some, it can cause chronic, severe pain and stiffness. However, many people who have it are able to conduct normal daily activities.
Some therapeutic exercises include
Cervical extension exercises
The patient is instructed to retract the cervical spine, lift the chin up, and extend the cervical spine to end range. The patient then is instructed to perform 2-3small right to left oscillations of the head. The patient then will return his or her head to the midline position.
Deep neck flexor exercises
The patient is instructed to slowly nod the head and flatten the curve of the neck without pushing the head back into the table. The therapist or patient monitors the sternocleidomastoid muscle to ensure minimal activation of this muscle during the deep neck flexor contraction.