When I was a medical student and resident in the ER, there were more patients handcuffed to the gurneys than not. The Wayne State police department had their hands full. There was a substation from the Detroit Police Department in the main trauma hospital.
You can heal over time as nerve roots take quite a long time to heal. You can test to see if the diagnosis is correct by obtaining a SNRB (selective nerve root block) and obtaining temporary relief (see pain diary). The steroid application involved in the injection also can help to reduce pain.
Donald Corenman, MD, DC is a highly-regarded spine surgeon, considered an expert in the area of neck and back pain. Trained as both a Medical Doctor and Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Corenman earned academic appointments as Clinical Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and his research on spine surgery and rehabilitation has resulted in the publication of multiple peer-reviewed articles and two books.