U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
A 47-year-old member asked:

What is a slipped disc? how is it treated?

1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Charles Harvey
Neurosurgery 34 years experience
Most without surgery: A herniated ("ruptured") disk can respond nicely to physical therapy and the body's natural healing processes. But it can take weeks to months. Other options include chiropractic or pain injections. In some cases, perhaps 10-15 percent, surgery is needed. Indications for surgery include severe weakness, numbness, or persistent pain, trouble walking, or failure of conservative management

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Educational text
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership

Similar questions

A 34-year-old member asked:

What to do for a slipped disc?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Craig Morton
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 18 years experience
See below: There are many causes of low back pain. A "slipped disc" is layman's terms for a condition called spondylolisthesis or may represent a bulging/protruding disc. Usually acute back pain from this condition will improve over 1-2 weeks with anti-inflammatories, gentle streching, and use of heat/ice. If your pain does not improve or gets worse you should contact your physician.

Related questions

A 43-year-old member asked:
1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
A 32-year-old member asked:
1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
A 31-year-old member asked:
2 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Last updated Aug 24, 2020
Connect with a U.S. board-certified doctor by text or video anytime, anywhere.
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership


Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.