A friend of mine, six months ago, broke her neck in a car accident. She wasn't wearing a seatbelt, so when the force hit, it stretched the muscles and tendons in her neck, and then contracted them (causing muscle trauma). It dislocated one of the discs, but the doctors were able to put it back into place.
They put her neck in a brace and kept it on for a while. When it was on, she had the sensation of wanting to tear it off. Last week, she was having that same sensation, although the brace has been off for months. When the doctors took the brace off, they didn't place her on a stretching regiment.
She went back, and got a new doctor. Her new doctor explained the stretch-contraction trauma her neck had underwent, and ordered her to do physical therapy for a month. After that month, they will decide if it is necessary to do surgery.
Should the doctors have put her on a stretching schedule when they took the brace off?
Is only one month of physical therapy enough to base a decision off of, and being months later, should they have waited this long to order physical therapy?
Are there any recommendations for her pain and stiffness? She's on vicodin and cyclobenzeprine, but she still is sore and uncomfortable.I know her neck will never be "normal" again, I just want to know if anyone holds any knowledge that could possibly help. I can also speak to her for any more necessary information.
Thank you, I just hate seeing her in pain, especially if it's because of the doctor's incompetence.