How can patients maintain their cardiovascular fitness during treatment for cervical radiculopathy?

Updated: Oct 08, 2018
  • Author: Gerard A Malanga, MD; Chief Editor: Sherwin SW Ho, MD  more...
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Patients should be encouraged to maintain their level of cardiovascular fitness as much as possible throughout the rehabilitation process. This is accomplished by alternative conditioning that does not increase patients' symptoms as they progress through the rehabilitation process. Cardiovascular conditioning should be started as soon as possible to prevent deconditioning. These exercises also serve as an excellent warm-up before a stretching program. Finally, the patient should be told that these exercises (stretches and strengthening) should be continued indefinitely with the goal of preventing recurrences.

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