Thanks for your query.
Usually, the spinal cord
and nerve roots are protected within the spinal canal
. The spinal canal is guarded by the vertebrae which separated from one another by a cushion like intervertebral discs. With age, degenerative changes occur which leads to disc prolapse
and spinal cord/nerve root compression
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 C5-C6 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
I do hope that you have found something helpful and I will be glad to answer any further query.