A few months ago I woke up with a severe stiffness in my neck. It did not go away and on the 10th day I decided to see a Physiotherapist. He said that I may have a problem with my disc and decided to put me into traction. However after 2 or 3 minutes into traction I started to feel nauseous and light headed. I called out for the physio to let him know but no one came. I called out several times and even shouted but still no one came. I then passed out and woke up with the physio standing in front of me calling my name. I was in a cold sweat, very weak and had to be helped to an adjacent bed where I lay for 30 minutes until I felt a little better. The therapist told me to drive to my GP who advised an MRI scan. Reflecting back on this I should not have driven as I was so shaken up I dropped my keys a few times on my way to my car. After my consultation with my doctor I went for an MRI. It turned out I had quite a large herniated disc in the c5/c6 region which he said was very unusuall for a 27 year old.
I went for a consultation with a neurosurgeon who said that the most likely reason I passed out whilst in traction was because of the disc interaction with my spine. I am now told I need to get c5/c6 fused as my neck is unstable and am at risk of damage to my spinal cord. My question is, should I take a case against the physiotherapist for leaving me in the traction unattended? What should I do?