What to do for herniated disks?

Injections. Epidural Steroid injections helps most people with documented herniations that are the source of there sciatica type pain. That said the question is how long will you get relief for and there is no real good answer for that. Some people can get relief for months and others it can be days/weeks. We notice most people get relief for a longer time if at least 2 injections are planned.
Several things . Time is biggest healer -90% resolve with no surgery. Lifestyle changes like weight control, not smoking & regular exercise are important- core strengthening & cardiovascular exercises as well as flexibility. This can be learned in physical therapy. Some people like to use inversion tables for traction or try acupuncture or even chiropractic . Medication & epidural steroid injections can be done.
A lot!! Less than 10% require surgery but medical treatment includes rest, physical therapy, pain pills, musle relaxants, patches, tens unit etc. See a specialist.

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What do you recommend for herniated disk?

Proper evaluation. This needs an appropriate evaluation. How much damage is it causing. A few need immediate emergency surgery while most need appropriate physical therapy. In some cases injection of corticosteroids in the back in a location called the epidural space between the spinal cord and the vertebrae, this is done to decrease swelling around the disk to decrease pain and let the herniation resolve. Read more...
See pain specialist. Each person needs to be evaluated on an individual basis. There can be several options for pain relief. A thorough physical exam and diagnostic studies will help determine what treatment will be best depending on your diagnosis. A board certified pain specialist can evaluate you and discuss options that are best to suit your needs. Read more...

What could I do to soothe three herniated disks in my spine, other than surgery or medication?

Options. Typically, only one of the discs is the main source of pain even if the MRI shows multiple. The majority get better on their own, but antiinflammatory medications taken for 1-2 weeks at a time can help. I also often recommend traction with a pt or chiropractor or by gravity when using an inversion table. An epidural injection can also help the nerve irritation caused by the herniations. Read more...
Several things . Time is the biggest healer as 90% resolve with no surgery. Lifestyle changes like weight control, not smoking & regular exercise are important. Core strengthening & cardiovascular exercises are important as well as flexibility. This can be learned through physical therapy. Some people like to use inversion tables for traction or try acupuncture or even chiropractic . Read more...