Half a year ago, my friend got in a car wreck and broke her neck. Apparently, the force stretched her neck muscles and then contracted them. She wasn't wearing a seatbelt.
She got a brace for her neck and wore it for a few months, and she, of course, had the sensation that she wanted to tear it off. When they did take it off, her doctor didn't order her to do any stretches of any kind.
Last week she was feeling the same sensation of wanting to tear her brace off (although she wasn't wearing it). She was feeling faint while driving, and her neck felt very stiff and sore. She went back and discovered that one of her discs had moved during the accident, but the doctors said they had replaced it.
She has a new doctor, who told her to do stretches and has her in physical therapy for a month. After the month, she said, the doctors will then decide if they need to do surgery on her neck.
Is this ethical, or should the doctor have had her on a stretch schedule when the brace was removed? She still experiences stiffness and pain (she is on vicodin and cyclebenzeprine), is there anything anyone can recommend for her? Is only a month of physical therapy enough for her? I know her neck will never be completely "normal" again, but I just hate to see her in pain.