Neck Exercises for a Herniated Disk


Herniated disk pain can be debilitating. The intense pain affects adults who are middle-aged, for this demographic is susceptible to disk problems. The combination of stress and bad posture over extended periods of time can contribute to disk problems in adults.

The disks are essential for absorbing the impact made while walking or running. They also help to maintain the entire shape of the spine. When the disk is ruptured during any type of movement, it can cause the shock-absorbing fluid to slowly leak. A rupture can happen in any area of the spine, and the diagnosis will reflect the location of the disk problem. Every nerve affected by the presence of disk fluid will not be able to properly supply the muscles served by that particular nerve branch. This is why the location of the problem can produce highly specific types of weakness or pain.

Vertebral Structure and Function

The spinal column is designed to support the various structures of the human body within the gravitational field. The spine is separated into three areas, which are the cervical, the thoracic and the lumbar sections. Each section has a specific function to play in maintaining the support for the articulating and adjacent areas of the body. Each vertebrae is made from bone tissue, and there is a shock-absorbing disk separating each set of bones.

Exercises for Relieving Pain

If you are suffering from a herniated disk in the neck, you will need to see a doctor who can help you understand the nature and severity of this problem. In some cases, the physician might recommend performing neck exercises that relieve the pressure on the entrapped nerves. Although these solutions are temporary, you can use them to reinforce any benefits you gain from therapy sessions.

1. Perform this exercise to extend the neck: Lie down on a bed with your face pointing towards the ceiling. Slowly move your neck towards the edge of the bed. Gradually allow the head to move off of the bed. Maintain this position as long as you have no pain. If you do not experience any pain, hold the posture for one minute, and rest for one minute. Repeat this procedure five to 10 times.

2. While you are at the edge of the bed, turn around so that your face is pointing towards the floor. Allow your head to hang off of the side of the bed. Slowly lift your head until it is parallel with the floor. This position works against gravity, so maintain it for five to 10 seconds, and then repeat it 10 times or more.

3. Place your back flat against the wall in a sitting or standing position. Push your shoulders down while bending your elbows at a 90-degree angle. Push your arms against the wall, and try to get your shoulder blades to touch.

Herniated Spinal Disk Treatment

The cervical radiculopathy is a term that describes the location of the problem in the neck or upper region of the spinal column. The cervical plexus is a nerve bundle that innervates the muscles of the shoulder, the arm, and the hand. When any of these cervical nerves are affected, there could be ensuing pain in any region of the arm or hand supplied by this nerve plexus. The clinical term for this condition is cervical radiculopathy, but the common term for it is the pinched nerve. Contact our clinic if you notice the symptoms of a herniated disk.


In this instance, an athlete was originally diagnosed with minor quadriceps muscle strain and was treated for four weeks, with unsatisfactory results. When he came to our clinic, the muscle was not healing, and the patients’ muscle tissue had already begun to atrophy.

Upon examination using MSUS, we discovered that he had a full muscle thickness tear that had been overlooked by his previous provider. To mitigate damage and promote healing, surgery should have been performed immediately after the injury occurred. Because of misdiagnosis and inappropriate treatment, the patient now has permanent damage that cannot be corrected.

The most important advantage of Ultrasound over MRI imaging is its ability to zero in on the symptomatic region and obtain imaging, with active participation and feedback from the patient. Using dynamic MSUS, we can see what happens when patients contract their muscles, something that cannot be done with MRI. From a diagnostic perspective, this interaction is invaluable.

Dynamic ultrasonography examination demonstrating
the full thickness tear and already occurring muscle atrophy
due to misdiagnosis and not referring the patient
to proper diagnostic workup

Demonstration of how very small muscle defect is made and revealed
to be a complete tear with muscle contraction
under diagnostic sonography (not possible with MRI)


Complete tear of rectus femoris
with large hematoma (blood)


Separation of muscle ends due to tear elicited
on dynamic sonography examination

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