slipped disc

How long does it take for a slipped disc to heal? Can a herniated disc heal itself?

How long does it take for a slipped disc to heal?

Most people with a slipped disc respond well to conservative treatment. Within six weeks their pain and discomfort will gradually lessen.https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/slipped-disc/

Can a herniated disc heal itself?

The answer is little more complicated that a simple yes or no. The pain of herniated disc can resolve without medical intervention, but it does not mean the disc problem has healed. Symptoms of a herniated disc may resolve on their own due to a number of reasons such as:

  • immune system reaction
  • exercise benefits
  • water absorption

The three factors above may relieve pressure on the nerve but don’t resolve the herniation. This can mean there may be a continuing nerve pain which may require medical intervention. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/lumbar-decompression-surgery/