Lifestyle and home remedies

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Mild cases of cervical spondylosis may respond to:

  • Regular exercise. Maintaining activity will help speed recovery, even if you have to temporarily modify some of your exercises because of neck pain.
  • Over-the-counter pain relievers. Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others), naproxen (Aleve) or acetaminophen (Tylenol, others) is often enough to control the pain associated with cervical spondylosis.
  • Heat or ice. You might want to try applying heat or ice to your neck, especially if your neck muscles are sore.
  • Soft neck brace. These collars allow the muscles of your neck to rest, but they should be worn for only short periods of time because they can eventually weaken neck muscles.
Jun. 12, 2012