Lying in bed on your back without a pillow is one way to relieve the pressure on the nerve. While the relief isn’t always instant, the reduced pressure may help the swelling of the nerve go down and then slip back into proper placement.
Other treatments may involve physical or occupational therapy. Pain relief treatments can help you deal with that pain while waiting for the nerve to not longer be compressed through natural healing or by other treatments your doctor prescribes. One method that has had great results for patients seeking relief is the cervical transforminal epidural steroid injection.
This is an excellent case to consider. Although her imaging studies clearly show her spinal alignment is suboptimal, she does not have back pain and only presents with a radiculopathy. Therefore, Dr. Kim's choice to treat only the radiculopathy is most appropriate. It would be completely unreasonable to perform a major realignment and reconstruction at this point in time. Unfortunately, for this woman, at some point in her life, she will probably require more extensive surgery. However, as time passes, the techniques will improve and as that occurs, one would expect the risk of complication to decrease. Therefore, to allow her to be fully active at this time without a large fusion is the best choice.