Do herniated discs heal 100%?

Answered by Robert Dupre

Herniated discs can be a real pain, both literally and figuratively. I’ve had my fair share of experience with them, and let me tell you, it’s not a pleasant experience. But the good news is that most of the time, they do heal on their own.

In fact, studies have shown that about 90% of herniated discs will resolve themselves within six months. That’s a pretty high success rate, if you ask me. So there’s definitely hope that you won’t have to deal with this pain forever.

When you first go to the doctor with a herniated disc, they will likely recommend some initial treatments to help manage the pain. This usually starts with over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen or acetaminophen. These can help to reduce inflammation and provide some temporary relief.

In addition to medication, your doctor may also suggest that you limit activities that worsen your pain or discomfort. This could mean avoiding heavy lifting, bending, or twisting motions that put strain on your back. It might also mean taking breaks throughout the day to rest and give your back a chance to recover.

Now, I know it can be frustrating to have to limit your activities and deal with pain on a daily basis. Trust me, I’ve been there. But it’s important to give your body time to heal and not push yourself too hard. It’s a marathon, not a sprint.

In some cases, your doctor may recommend more aggressive treatments if your pain is severe or doesn’t improve over time. These can include physical therapy, steroid injections, or even surgery in rare cases. But for the majority of people, these treatments are not necessary.

So, while dealing with a herniated disc can be a real pain in the back, the good news is that most of the time, it will heal on its own. Just be patient, take care of yourself, and listen to your doctor’s advice. And before you know it, you’ll be back on your feet and pain-free once again.