Many of us expect guidance from the local orthopedist; with advice from a trusted source, it is advised to pursue a course of physical therapy. Acute pain is a complex process involving activation of: nociceptors, chemical mediators, and inflammation. Both prescribed and over-the-counter medications can target elements within the pain pathway to eliminate or reduce the sensation of symptoms. Pain management begins, when possible, prior to the tissue trauma until acute pain is appropriately managed. Clinical outcomes and satisfaction most likely will be improved.
Even medication or physical modalities are "palliative care", and symptoms can be expected to persist if the underlying cause goes untreated. Research shows that cervical traction in conjunction of transcutaneous electrical stimulation demonstrates both analgesic efficacy with improved global mobility/pain levels with cervical disorders. 
If you or someone you know suffers from debilitating neck pain, call or text (203) 842-8631 to receive the best evidence based treatments that effectively treat and prevent these pesky symptoms.
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The Effectiveness of Cervical Spondylosis Therapy with Saunders Traction Device and High-Intensity Laser Therapy: A Randomized Controlled Trial
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A Review of Management of Acute Pain
Quinn Johnson, MD