How is cervical spondylosis or its complications prevented?

Updated: Apr 23, 2020
  • Author: Hassan Ahmad Hassan Al-Shatoury, MD, PhD, MHPE; Chief Editor: Dean H Hommer, MD  more...
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  • Patients may apply the following measures to help prevent cervical spondylosis or its complications:

    • Avoid high-impact exercise (eg, running, jumping).

    • Maintain cervical ROM with daily ROM exercise.

    • Maintain neck muscle strength, especially neck extensor strength.

    • Avoid holding the head in 1 position for a long period (for example, while driving or watching TV).

    • Avoid prolonged neck extension.

    • Be careful when performing physical activities that are done infrequently; such activities can trigger a flare in symptoms.

  • If the patient has only morning stiffness, a long, hot shower every morning may help.

  • Cervical spondylosis is difficult to prevent because it is a part of the normal aging process. Individuals may reduce their risk by maintaining good neck strength and flexibility along with leading an active and healthy lifestyle. Preventing neck injuries (eg, using proper equipment in contact sports, headrest and seatbelt use in automobiles) also may reduce the risk of developing this condition.

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