Thanks for posting your query.
The herniated discs compresses spinal nerves or spinal cord
. Symptoms are experienced along the area of distribution/path of that particular nerve. This has happened at level of C3-C7 in your case.
1. Use of cervical collar
helps in immobilisation and brings relief.
2. Medical drugs like pain killers - acetaminophen/ibuprofen
and muscle relaxants might be helpful.
supplements are also recommended for nerve compression symptoms.
4. Cervical isometric exercises are beneficial to maintain the strength of the neck muscles. Neck and upper back stretching exercises, as well as light aerobic activities, also are recommended under the guidance of a physical therapist.
5. Hot fomentation helps in relieving acute symptoms.
6. You can avoid using a pillow/ watching TV or working on computer.
Avoid prolonged sitting / leaning forward/ 2 wheeler driving for long distances.
A course of Muscle relaxants, interferential therapy (IFT) and/or Intermittent Cervical Traction (ICT) for a week followed by exercises will help you.
Hope this will helps you. Feel free to ask me if you have any further queries.
Wish you good health. Take care.
Dr Saurabh Gupta.Orthopaedic Surgeon