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Neck exercises-any benefit?

Peter BPPeter B Posts: 511
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:22 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
My pain specialist gives me facet joint injections every 3 months, but suggested that I try to build up my neck muscles with exercise, as part of treating the pain from arthritis.
Of course, I've done nothing about it except download a few exercises from the net.
Has anyone with an arthritic neck, or similar problems, carried out regular neck strengthening and loosening exercises? Can you say whether or not they were beneficial?
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  • I have some isometric exercises that my PT recommended. I don't know if they help; I haven't done them very faithfully. Anything is worth a shot, but I don't wanna push my range of motion, so I'm careful not to move too much. I plan to do some postural exercises. I think bad posture over the years causes alot of my cervical problems! Let us know how it goes--Good Luck!--Mazy
  • Isometric exercises do strengthen the muscles. They didn't help my pain level though.
  • Exercises helped my neck tremedously. I over did it and was in worese pain. I stopped the exersices to ease the pain for a month. Now I've started again and feeling the relief. It doesn't take all the pain away but does help the muscles relax a bit. I learned these exercise in PT. Out of everything I've tried stretches and exercising has helped the most, just don't over do it because you will pay for it.

    Clarissa
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