Usually a herniated disc will heal on its own over time.
About half of people with a herniated disc get better within 1 month, and most
are better within 6 months. Only about 1 person in 10 eventually has
Be patient, and stay with your
treatment. If your symptoms don't get better in a few months, you may want to
talk to your doctor about surgery.
Can a herniated disc be prevented?
After you have
hurt your back, you are more likely to have back problems in the future. To
help keep your back healthy:
Protect your back when you lift. For example,
lift with your legs, not your back. Don't bend forward at the waist when you
lift. Bend your knees and squat.
Use good posture. When you stand
or walk, keep your shoulders back and down, your chin back, and your belly in.
This will help support your lower back.