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How long does take to recover from a herniated disk?
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Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
4 doctors agree
In brief: Varies
It is highly variable.
I have seen people recover in as little as a couple of months to some who take over a year to recover. There is really no way of predicting with any accuracy.

In brief: Varies
It is highly variable.
I have seen people recover in as little as a couple of months to some who take over a year to recover. There is really no way of predicting with any accuracy.
Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
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Dr. Chintan Sampat
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: 3 months
Most lumbar disc herniations tend to heal on their own.
Anti-inflammatory medication and traction type of therapy often helps to relieve the pain. The herniated disc often takes up to 3 months to heal. Seek medical attention if there is progressive pain, inability to walk, numbness, weakness, or any changes with bowel/bladder function.

In brief: 3 months
Most lumbar disc herniations tend to heal on their own.
Anti-inflammatory medication and traction type of therapy often helps to relieve the pain. The herniated disc often takes up to 3 months to heal. Seek medical attention if there is progressive pain, inability to walk, numbness, weakness, or any changes with bowel/bladder function.
Dr. Chintan Sampat
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