I had traction for my neck (same level) with a steroid pack and injections and it really didn't help, but if you had to choose, obviously you'd choose surgery LAST. You should exhuast all other treatment options first then consider it. I agree with above, get a second or third opinion then go from there(if he can, I understand some insurance companies won't allow the other opinions unless you pay out of pocket for them). I wish him well. Mine is just a small herniation and my nerve is no longer pinched so we are looking at some botox to help with my tight muscles.