🌟 Pillow is for the birds Piece of junk, did not help my C5-C6 issue in the least. It is terribly uncomfortable, and only allows for one sleep position (on your back). A pillow made of bricks would be softer and more comfortable. I tried it for several nights, as the insert suggested if it wasn't comfortable, but the most I could stay in it was an hour. Take my advice and go to a pain physician instead, the deductible is cheaper than the pillow and you will be far better off. - LiFirman
You ordered a large arc4life pillow I noticed. This large bed pillow is 28"x17" and 5-6 " thickness. Please check out the sizing chart under images to see if this is the best pillow size for you. This makes a big difference. If the pillow is too big, one might say that it was too firm for them and pushed their head forward.
The Arc4life cervical neck traction pillow has two very distinct sides to it (see below). There is the support side (this is the side you should start with) and the traction V side that gently stretches your neck.
Finally, it is always one choice about what they want to do for pain. Some patients will resort to a pain physician as you mentioned. This will involve most likely taking pain medications for a time period. Hopefully, that time period is short and hopefully the side effects from this are minimal. There are alternatives for pain management. Our pillow is not the easiest route for sure, but it is a valid treatment for helping patients with neck pain relief. Chiropractic, , Massage therapy, Acupuncture, Physical therapy, Exercises, doing neck traction are other great options for pain management. Since 2003, we have seen this pillow help patients with pain relief and better sleep.
Link for Arc4life's Traction Pillow: https://arc4life.com/collections/tractionneckpillows/products/arc4lifetractionpillows