I have several herniated discs from a motorcycle accident and they are and have been well managed with conservative care. Best of luck to you and your son!
1. Chiropractic first
2. Medications second
3. Surgery - last resort
It all depends on what the actual problem will be. Just because a patient has a herniated disc is not an indication for surgery. Research tells us that 40% of the population with no history of back pain have at least one herniated disc in the low back. The best place to start is with a good biomechanically based chiropractor. Then, if that does not work, all options are still open.
Mark Klezmer, DC, CCSP, CCST, FIAMA
With that in mind, I would suggest that chiropractic care is a great place to start for your son, it is non-invasive and could be the answer to finding relief. If after a period of treatment the symptoms are not improving then a referral to an orthopedic evaluation would be the next step. Your chiropractor can make that referral when needed.
Dr. B. Epling, D.C