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how long does it usually take for a herniated disk to heal

A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Weston
31 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Symptoms resolve but: I dont think of the disc as healing ever but herniation can be reabsobed and the nerve irritation calmed and symptoms reolve in 6 weeks to 2years. Loo ... Read More
Dr. Thomas Dowling
40 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
75% by 3 months: 90% by one year!

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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bennett Machanic
52 years experience Neurology
HNP recovery: Assuming lack of nerve or spinal cord compression, the ruptured disc may on it's own gradually dry out or dessicate, and shrink profoundly over a 9-10 ... Read More
Dr. Thomas Dowling
40 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
75% in 2-12 weeks: 90% of disc herniations are treated without surgery. Most get better within 12 weeks. This is why 12 weeks of non op care is recommended as most wi ... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
52 years experience Rheumatology
Impossible to say: First of all, a significant disc herniation may not improve with conservative therapy. If it does respond, it depends on the severity of the nerve com ... Read More
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Dr. Charles Harvey
34 years experience Neurosurgery
Variable: A herniated ("ruptured") disk can respond nicely to physical therapy and the body's natural healing processes. In my experience it can take weeks to ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sharad Rajpal
19 years experience Neurosurgery
Depends: Epidural injections can be done with a variety of medications, including steroids and/or local anesthetic. Some people have instant benefit, whereas ... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Slosar
33 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
3-5 days: Sometimes patients report improvement later (1-2 weeks) but most notice improvement earlier. If it does not work by the 2nd week then it is not going ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Qamar Khan
17 years experience Pain Management
3-4 days: Initially it can take 3-4 days for the steroid to provide relief but that effect may take up to 10-14 days in some people. It is not uncommon to hear ... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Weston
31 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
2-6weeks: Definition of recover vary leg pain improves within days muscular backache follows fo 6 weeks.Or longer.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Linville II
30 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Quick: Arm pain is gone usually within days. Sore throat and swallowing probs disappear in first week or two in most. Healing allows light activities for mos ... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ki-Hon Lin
25 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Variable: The resolution of pain from a herniated disc will vary from person to person. Could be just a few days more for you or could be weeks and even months ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Huffman
23 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Yes: Recent research has demonstrated that given enough time most disc herniations will resolve with time. Cortisone injections help control the symptoms d ... Read More
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