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Which treatment works the best and fastest for herniated disk?
8 doctors weighed in

David Miller
Family Medicine
4 doctors agree
In brief: Depends
There is no "one best" treatment for a herniated disk.
Most normal, healthy people with no back pain have detectable bulges in some of their disks so we know that not every herniated disk even needs treatment. You should see you doc and together design a treatment plan that treats your symptoms and gets you back as close as possible to your desired activity level.

In brief: Depends
There is no "one best" treatment for a herniated disk.
Most normal, healthy people with no back pain have detectable bulges in some of their disks so we know that not every herniated disk even needs treatment. You should see you doc and together design a treatment plan that treats your symptoms and gets you back as close as possible to your desired activity level.
David Miller
David Miller
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Dr. Greg Khounganian
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Meds
Anti-inflammatory medications such as Ibuprofen and naprosyn (naproxen) can help a lot.
If not, a lumbar epidural injection with cortisone can be very helpful. See a spine surgeon for a complete evaluation. Sometimes these treatments are not recommended if you have signs of weakness or severe nerve root compression.

In brief: Meds
Anti-inflammatory medications such as Ibuprofen and naprosyn (naproxen) can help a lot.
If not, a lumbar epidural injection with cortisone can be very helpful. See a spine surgeon for a complete evaluation. Sometimes these treatments are not recommended if you have signs of weakness or severe nerve root compression.
Dr. Greg Khounganian
Dr. Greg Khounganian
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