Self Help




Generally seen in those aged over 65 years as part of the normal aging process. However the signs of normal ageing do not predict the presence of symptoms.


  • Stiffness on neck movements and restriction, particularly on turning or looking upwards
  • Pain, particularly at night and difficulty finding a comfortable position
  • Difficulty looking over shoulder when driving
  • Grinding, grating or clicking noises from the neck


  • Activity modification
  • Ice or heat
  • Pain relief
  • Physiotherapy to include range of movement exercises and strengthening exercises


  • X-ray can assess the level of Osteoarthritis but is unlikely to change the treatment options
  • Degenerative changes are commonly seen on X-rays and scans of people who are symptom-free, the presence of these changes does not mean they cause symptoms

Exercises to try


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