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1) Neck care in the activities of daily living.
a) No working on computer for more than half an hour in a single stretch. Same for TV.
b) Monitors and televisions exactly in front (180 degrees).
c) Contour pillow: Should fill the hollow when lying on back or straight. Available over the counter.
2) Cervical Collar or Brace
3) Cervical traction
4) Anti-inflammatory analgesics like Ibuprofen
5) Some physicians do give oral steroids in severe radiculopathy cases, in whom pain / numbness / tingling is quite significant.
6) Physical therapy: gradually increasing exercises from passive stretching to active against resistance regime.
7) Electrotherapy in the form of TENS, interferential and laser and ultrasound.
8) Hot fomentation
9) Local analgesic patch / ointment / spray
now my husband says he thinks im faking because what the second dr said. my life is falling apart. im so frustrated!
Hello Tracy,I can understand this that this is a chronic lingering issue and cause other problem. I am sure CT scan would show the changes which would point to the surgical indication. There are vast literature which tells that MRI many times do not show the exact severity of the disease. Severity of the symptoms and medical imaging many times do not match and decision making of the next treatment protocol is by the;
1) duration of the symptoms.
2) severity of the manifestations.
3) response to the treatment.Dr. Arun