Lumbar Herniated Disc - Treatment Overview

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:

You're likely to get the most benefit if you have treatment before you've had more than 6 months of symptoms.2

Surgery

Surgery can be a good choice for people who have nerve damage that is getting worse or pain that hasn't improved after several weeks of nonsurgical treatment.1 For more information, see Surgery.

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