Hello. I was hoping I could get a second opinion from someone. On Nov. 5th 2014, I suffered a neck injury at the gym while squatting. The bar was too high on my neck and the weight (455lbs) fractured my C7 vertebrae. Up until now 1/28/2015 the bone will not heal and my neurosurgeon says I will need surgery. I'm fine with the surgery but he wants me to see a physical therapist first and then see him in 6 weeks? Does this make sense? If he is already telling me that the only way the bone will fuse back together is through surgery why would he want me to see a physical therapist. Wouldn't that do more harm to me? I think the bone could move do some nerve damage. I don't know.... He also said I could live like this without surgery. REALLY??? So basically live with this accompanied by pain for the rest of my life? I'm worried and very stressed out. I'm only 43 years old. Should I see another neurosurgeon or maybe an Ortopedic doctor?