What are the treatment options?
Your symptoms may last for several months to years. If you have mild symptoms, the doctor may recommend some rest, medication and physical therapy. Surgery will be the last option.
In the acute phase, you may need to wear a cervical collar to limit neck movement and relieve the nerve irritation.
The doctor may prescribe some non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (nSaiDs) or other pain relievers to relieve pain and reduce swelling. Usage of muscle relaxants may be useful.
A cervical traction, hot/cold therapy or active exercise programme may help to relieve symptoms. Exercises aim to improve muscle strength and flexibility.
It is only necessary if you have severe pain that does not improve with other treatments or when there is progressive neurological symptoms.
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