- Physical therapy. Physical therapy is usually the first nonsurgical treatment that your doctor will recommend.
- Soft cervical collar.
- Ice, heat, and other modalities.
- Steroid-based injections.
What should you not do if you have neck arthritis?
- Military Press.
- Lat Pull-Downs.
What causes neck arthritis to flare up?
It may be related to wear and tear, autoimmune disorders, infection and other conditions. Sometimes, the inflammation may also affect the sites where ligaments and tendons attach to the bones of the spine. Regardless of the exact location, arthritis in the back or neck can be painful and often becomes chronic.
How should I sleep with neck arthritis?
The goal is to keep your neck in a neutral position, says Picard. If you are a back sleeper, occupational therapists (OTs) recommend using a thin pillow that will keep your spine aligned while you sleep. Side sleepers should choose a taller pillow under their neck so their neck aligns with their head.