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How should I do if I have cervical disc disease?

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If you're living with cervical disc disease and have increased neck pain, it's important to temporarily ease up on intense activities. While you're resting, find a comfortable position. Place a rolled up towel or a pillow under your neck to help keep your neck in a neutral position. But resting doesn't mean crawling into bed and staying still. Not moving for more than a day or two can be harmful because it can decondition the muscles that support your neck and actually increase neck pain in the long run.

SOURCES: 

American Physical Therapy Association: "What you Need to Know About Neck Pain." 

Nadler, SF. , 2004.  The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association

K. Daniel Riew, MD, Mildred B. Simon Distinguished Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine. 

Ylinen, J. et al. , 2003.  Journal of the American Medical Association

Anthony Delitto, PhD, PT, FAPTA, professor and chairman, department of physical therapy, University of Pittsburgh. 

UptoDate.com: "Cervical Strain."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on August 12, 2017

SOURCES: 

American Physical Therapy Association: "What you Need to Know About Neck Pain." 

Nadler, SF. , 2004.  The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association

K. Daniel Riew, MD, Mildred B. Simon Distinguished Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine. 

Ylinen, J. et al. , 2003.  Journal of the American Medical Association

Anthony Delitto, PhD, PT, FAPTA, professor and chairman, department of physical therapy, University of Pittsburgh. 

UptoDate.com: "Cervical Strain."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on August 12, 2017

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