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    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:

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    TENS for Back Pain

    TENS, or transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, is a back pain treatment that uses low voltage electric current to relieve pain. TENS is typically done with a TENS unit, a small battery-operated device. The device can be hooked to a belt and is connected to two electrodes. The electrodes carry an electric current from the TENS machine to the skin.

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    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 is eventually done for about 1 out of 10 people. It can be a good choice for people who have nerve damage that is getting worse or pain that hasn't improved after at least 4 weeks of nonsurgical treatment.1 For more information, see Surgery.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: June 04, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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