Can a bulging disc heal on its own?
Usually a herniated disc will heal on its own over time. Be patient, and keep following your treatment plan. If your symptoms don’t get better in a few months, you may want to talk to your doctor about surgery.
What helps a bulging disc?
Lumbar herniated disc treatments
- Physical therapy, exercise and gentle stretching to help relieve pressure on the nerve root.
- Ice and heat therapy for pain relief.
- Manipulation (such as chiropractic manipulation)
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen, naproxen or COX-2 inhibitors for pain relief.
How long does a bulging disc take to heal?
Self care: In most cases, the pain from a herniated disc will get better within a couple days and completely resolve in 4 to 6 weeks. Restricting your activity, ice/heat therapy, and taking over the counter medications will help your recovery.
What happens if a bulging disc goes untreated?
Severe slipped disc cases can lead to permanent nerve damage or cut off certain nerve impulses. You may experience sharp or intense pains, irregular bowel movements, incontinence, or even partial paralysis. Untreated herniated discs can cause unpleasant and painful symptoms.8 Nov 2019