Quoted from winteriscoming:
You can avoid the costly and invasive surgery with VOM sessions (think chiropractor), steroids, muscle relaxers and confinement to limit movement. Both times he went from no lower mobility to slight movement after 2 sessions and full mobility after 5. In total I spent around $300 to have my dog healed each time. I highly recommend looking into VOM for anyone with a long dog.
I'll try to get some pics of my dogs up, soon. It doesn't seem to work from my phone.
Similarly, my dachshund recently had terrible neck pain and would howl/scream when touched or even when simply looking up. He couldn't even eat unless hand fed. We had him on steroids and muscle relaxants, like you described, for about a month or 6 weeks while he was almost completely confined to his cage, which is actually what he wanted at the time- just to be left alone while he was in pain- so he would just sit in there even unlocked. He seems completely back to normal now, but it was quite a scare for us. Our next step would have definitely been going to a doggie chiropractor.