What is the role of strength training in the treatment of cervical radiculopathy?

Updated: Oct 08, 2018
  • Author: Gerard A Malanga, MD; Chief Editor: Sherwin SW Ho, MD  more...
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As ROM and flexibility improve, cervical muscle strengthening should begin with isometric strengthening in a single plane and include flexion, extension, lateral bending, and rotation. In addition, the scapular stabilizing muscles, including the trapezius, rhomboids, serratus anterior, and latissimus dorsi, should be strengthened with progressive isotonic activity. Strength training can progress to manual resistive cervical stabilization exercises in various planes. All exercises should be performed without pain, although some degree of postexercise soreness can be expected.


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