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Are there non steroidal and non surgical treatments for a l5-s1 disc hernia?
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Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery
3 doctors agree
In brief: Therapy
You can try Ibuprofen over the counter and physical therapy as a first line treatment of a herniated disk without surgery.
If you fail therapy and your pain persists, you may need surgery. Try to do physical therapy first. Williams and mckenzie exercises help quite a bit.

In brief: Therapy
You can try Ibuprofen over the counter and physical therapy as a first line treatment of a herniated disk without surgery.
If you fail therapy and your pain persists, you may need surgery. Try to do physical therapy first. Williams and mckenzie exercises help quite a bit.
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Dr. Larry Armstrong
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Dr. Andrew Kaufman
Neurosurgery
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
A disc hernia requires no treatment, unless it is causing symptoms.
Symptoms result when a herniated disc is pinching or compressing an adjacent nerve. Physical therapy, avoidance of activities that provoke the pain, and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicine are often helpful. More than 50% of patients will eventually have complete relief of symptoms without requiring surgery or steroids.

In brief: Yes
A disc hernia requires no treatment, unless it is causing symptoms.
Symptoms result when a herniated disc is pinching or compressing an adjacent nerve. Physical therapy, avoidance of activities that provoke the pain, and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicine are often helpful. More than 50% of patients will eventually have complete relief of symptoms without requiring surgery or steroids.
Dr. Andrew Kaufman
Dr. Andrew Kaufman
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Dr. Mark Weston
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Time mckenzie
Mckenzie therapy, iin canada chymopapain older treatment no longer available in us look up the sport trial for disc treatments surgery is very effective with low risks for leg pain.

In brief: Time mckenzie
Mckenzie therapy, iin canada chymopapain older treatment no longer available in us look up the sport trial for disc treatments surgery is very effective with low risks for leg pain.
Dr. Mark Weston
Dr. Mark Weston
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Dr. Nicholas Szerlip
Neurosurgery
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
There is conservative management and surgical management.
If the disc is causing weakness than conservative management is not recommended. The best thing is to discuss the options with a neurosurgeon every case is different and the management is dependent upon the size of the disc herniation the symptoms and the patient.

In brief: Yes
There is conservative management and surgical management.
If the disc is causing weakness than conservative management is not recommended. The best thing is to discuss the options with a neurosurgeon every case is different and the management is dependent upon the size of the disc herniation the symptoms and the patient.
Dr. Nicholas Szerlip
Dr. Nicholas Szerlip
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Dr. Seth Zeidman
Neurosurgery
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
Most (>90%) disc herniations will get better on their own without surgical intervention.
Rest, gentle stretching, judicious use of nsaids and time will heal most of these. When they don't improve or worsen then you may want to go to the next level and seek further non-operative treatments. Surgery is really the last resort.

In brief: Yes
Most (>90%) disc herniations will get better on their own without surgical intervention.
Rest, gentle stretching, judicious use of nsaids and time will heal most of these. When they don't improve or worsen then you may want to go to the next level and seek further non-operative treatments. Surgery is really the last resort.
Dr. Seth Zeidman
Dr. Seth Zeidman
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