Hi, thanks for writing to HCM.
The findings in your description suggests that you have CERVICAL DISC DISEASE
The priliminary management of this problem would be conservative by the following means -
* REST: A soft cervical collar
is advisable. It should not be used for more than a week or two as it may worsen the condition with prolonged usage.
* MEDICINES: Analgesic
are needed in the acute phase. Muscle relaxants are essential for relieving muscle spasms once the acute pain subsides.
* CERVICAL TRACTION: may enlarge the disc space, permitting the prolapse to subside. Intermittent cervical traction for not more than 30 minutes at a time. Weight upto 8kg can be added.
* PHYSIOTHERAPY: Once the acute phase of pain has subsided, Isometric strengthening exercises of the paravertebral muscles are started. Moist heat can be useful
*EPIDURAL STEROIDS: At a single epidural steroid injection will give very good results in relieving the radicular pain
(shooting pain and numbness in the limb)
If all the above measures fail to provide you pain relief, then surgical decompression may be needed.
Consult an orthosurgeon and follow his advice.
Hope this information is helpful. Good day