Slipped Disk Treatment

Medically Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian, MD on March 13, 2024
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  • Loses bladder or bowel control
  • Has weakness in the arms or legs
  • Has numbness in the inner, upper part of the thighs



  • Changing positions or shifting posture may reduce immediate discomfort. For example, laying on the back, with feet on a chair and knees at a 90-degree angle, can sometimes be quite comfortable for back problems.
  • Apply a cold compress several times a day for no more than 20 minutes at a time.
  • Give nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication (such as Advil,  Aleve, Motrin, or Naprosyn).
  • If NSAIDs don't work, your doctor might prescribe a stronger pain medicine or medicines to relax the muscles (called muscle relaxants)
  • Bed rest for a day or two may help, but no longer than that; it is important to become active again sooner rather than later.
  • The person should avoid activities such as lifting or pushing.
  • All slipped disks should be evaluated.
  • The health care provider may recommend muscle relaxants, anti-inflammatory medications, injections of pain relievers, acupuncture, or physical therapy.
  • Most people feel better within six weeks.
  • In some cases, back surgery is necessary.