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Can spinal disc problems ever heal on their own?

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Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: Absolutely

Almost 40% of the population by statistic have a ruptured disk in their back without symptoms.
It happens at some point in time but they do not keep their symptoms. Of course, sometimes the herniation is so severe that surgery is necessary to remove it.

In brief: Absolutely

Almost 40% of the population by statistic have a ruptured disk in their back without symptoms.
It happens at some point in time but they do not keep their symptoms. Of course, sometimes the herniation is so severe that surgery is necessary to remove it.
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Dr. Larry Armstrong
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Dr. Margaret Wacker
Significant weakness, such as a foot drop, would be a reason to do surgery. If strength is good, it is reasonable try conservative, i.e., non-surgical, treatment.
Dr. Kevin Vaught
Neurosurgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Many can get better with time and conservative care within 6-8 weeks.
Check out Spine-health.com.

In brief: Yes

Many can get better with time and conservative care within 6-8 weeks.
Check out Spine-health.com.
Dr. Kevin Vaught
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Dr. Patrick Roth
Neurosurgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes most do

Herniated discs occur frequently on mris.
Many are not painful. If there is a painful disc on an mri, the symptoms will resolve more than 90% of the time. This is not to say that the herniated disc will go away. On the contrary, the disc will often not appreciably change. Pain from a disc typically needs both nerve compression and inflammation. Resolution of inflamation leads to pain control.

In brief: Yes most do

Herniated discs occur frequently on mris.
Many are not painful. If there is a painful disc on an mri, the symptoms will resolve more than 90% of the time. This is not to say that the herniated disc will go away. On the contrary, the disc will often not appreciably change. Pain from a disc typically needs both nerve compression and inflammation. Resolution of inflamation leads to pain control.
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