Your doctor may recommend a short period of rest or reduced activity followed by a gradual increase in activity.
Usually a herniated disc heals on its own. So most of the time nonsurgical treatment is tried first, including:
- Heat or ice, exercise, and other steps at home to help with pain and make your back stronger. For more information, see Home Treatment.
- Physical therapy. For more information, see Other Treatment.
- Pain medicine. For more information, see Medications.
You're likely to get the most benefit if you have treatment before you've had more than 6 months of symptoms.2