Lifestyle and home remedies

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Mild cervical spondylosis might 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. People who walk daily are less likely to experience neck and low back pain.
  • Over-the-counter pain relievers. Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others), naproxen sodium (Aleve) or acetaminophen (Tylenol, others) is often enough to control the pain associated with cervical spondylosis.
  • Heat or ice. Applying heat or ice to your neck can ease sore neck muscles.
  • Soft neck brace. The brace allows your neck muscles to rest. However, a neck brace should be worn for only short periods of time because it can eventually weaken neck muscles.
Nov. 18, 2015