C5 /C6 disc prolapse
I have had a pain in my right arm and tingling in the right hand thumb. I have had a MRI done which shows that there is a prolapse of C5/C6 disc which is causing a pressure on the nerves going to the rigt hand. I have consulted orthopeadic and Neuro surgeons and Neurologists. Some suggest operation while others suggest a conservative treatment of drugs and excercise. So far I have taken the conservative treatment. Their is some improvement but even after 4 weeks I still have pain in the right arm. I have been advised to wear a soft cervical collar. This problem is about 4 weeks old.
I would like to hear from people who have had similar problems and what have they done about it. The questions I have are :
1) Should I have cervical traction or not. Some docters have said yes while others say no.
2) How long should this conservative treatment last before considering the option of surgery.