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How can I address a herniated disk?

5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Time & exercise

A herniated disc does not necessary require treatment.
If there is associated nerve root compression/irritation then treatment may be required. Understand that 90% of pain associated with nerve root irritation will resolve with time. Otc prescription nsaids, oral steroids, heat/cold and stretching exercises will help resolve the acute pain. If not then epidural steroids may be beneficial.

In brief: Time & exercise

A herniated disc does not necessary require treatment.
If there is associated nerve root compression/irritation then treatment may be required. Understand that 90% of pain associated with nerve root irritation will resolve with time. Otc prescription nsaids, oral steroids, heat/cold and stretching exercises will help resolve the acute pain. If not then epidural steroids may be beneficial.
Dr. Will Moorehead
Dr. Will Moorehead
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Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management

In brief: Core Exercises

Typically core strengthening exercises are the best to help relieve pressure and forces in the spine.
I would try and google some or look them up on youtube to see descriptions. If you can do them yourself, wonderful otherwise ask your doctor to get a referral to a good physical therapist for further assistance. If not better with this I would see a trained spine specialist.

In brief: Core Exercises

Typically core strengthening exercises are the best to help relieve pressure and forces in the spine.
I would try and google some or look them up on youtube to see descriptions. If you can do them yourself, wonderful otherwise ask your doctor to get a referral to a good physical therapist for further assistance. If not better with this I would see a trained spine specialist.
Dr. Qamar Khan
Dr. Qamar Khan
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