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Can I exercise if I have neck pain?

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As long as your doctor says it’s OK, you should start as soon as possible to ease stiffness and pain. Resting for too long, usually anything more than a couple of days, will make it harder to get moving again.

Don’t exercise if you have severe neck pain or weakness in your hands or arms. If you get it while you exercise, stop right away and call your doctor.

SOURCES:

Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (UK): “Neck Pain Exercises.”

University of Rochester Medical Center: “5 Exercises to Prevent An Aching Neck.”

Harvard Health: “Neck Pain: Core Exercises Can Help.”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on May 25, 2017

SOURCES:

Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (UK): “Neck Pain Exercises.”

University of Rochester Medical Center: “5 Exercises to Prevent An Aching Neck.”

Harvard Health: “Neck Pain: Core Exercises Can Help.”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on May 25, 2017

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