You save money and. You have a 90% chance of getting better on your own, the same success as if i were treating you non operatively although i could make you more comfortable physically and mentally while your body healed itself as well as giving you advice as to how to minimize its recurrence.
Depends. How bad is the herniated disc? What treatment are you trying to avoid? Most successful treatments depend on your ability to do proper rehab exercises and change the way you move through the world. Core strengthening exercises...Stretching. Bones and muscles and joints heal themselves by moving normally. That is the use of pain medications.