I have had neck/shoulder pain for over 6 months. I have been seeing a chiropractor, physical therapist and event went for deep tissue massages....all to no avail. The chiropractor finally sent me for an MRI, which showed a herniated nucleus pulposus at C5-6. He says this is causing all my pain. It also showed straightening of the normal cervical lordosis. He said neurosurgeon's normally won't do surgery unless the herniation is 10 mm, mine is only 3 mm. My right neck hurts badly to look in any direction, especially down. It also hurts in my right shoulder and in both arms. Is there anything else I can try to relieve my pain since the above therapies I've tried haven't worked? I absolutely don't want surgery. I have two young boys that I still carry around occasionally, which I know isn't helping my situation but I can't get around that. My trapezius muscle is so tight that it is causing a lot of pain also, trying to protect my spinal herniation, I suppose. Is there some kind of injection to get that muscle to relax? Any information would be greatly appreciated!