The term ‘chronic neck pain’ refers to pain that is persistent for at least three months. Like acute neck pain, it usually starts with an initial strain or a flare of pain – however rather than symptoms gradually improving as the majority will with exercises, time and advice, the pain and distress lasts much longer and can have a big impact on your day-to-day life. In most cases, the neck will still improve itself, however treatments such as physiotherapy, exercises and medication may be needed to assist with this. It is very important that you keep active and try to continue as normal, but if the pain is severe and persistent then you should seek medical advice and assessment.   

Cervical Spondylosis (Osteoarthritis) 

Neck pain can also be related to normal age-related degenerative changes in the neck, which is often called cervical spondylosis. Even when seen on an x-ray, rendering it unhelpful most of the time,  it does not always cause symptoms or pain and later on in life changes will be seen in most people’s necks. Whilst often it causes no symptoms in others it can cause stiffness or sensation of /hearing clicking and grinding when moving their neck. These are normal noises from the neck and nothing to worry about. Often spondylosis presents gradually over time, often several years and can generally be well managed at home with exercises and advice.  

It is possible for some symptoms to be experienced in the arm or hand. This may then require a medical assessment and physiotherapy input. As mentioned in the first section on ‘neck pain’ if you notice that you are dropping items, unable to use your hands as normal or your balance becomes affected you should see your doctor. 

Neck Mobility Exercises

Neck Chin Tuck Exercise Lying



Neck Chin Tuck Exercise Sitting



Neck Pain Strengthening Exercises (to go with exercise booklet)
Isometric Neck Strengthening Exercises


Please note -
These are general exercises, seek advice if you are unsure.

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