Lumbar Herniated Disc - Other Treatment You can try other treatments besides medicine and surgery, including: Chronic pain management programs. Physical therapy. Rehabilitation programs. Complementary medicine Talk to your doctor before using complementary medicine to treat a herniated disc. Some people use complementary medicine along with standard or conventional care to treat leg and back pain caused by a herniated disc. Some examples are:4 Acupuncture. Manipulation of the spine. Massage.