If you let a herniated disc go untreated, your body will heal the injured disc over a 9-month period of time. Keep in mind that healed area will be weaker, have less shock absorption capabilities, a decreased in range of motion, and an increase in pain sensitive fibers. If you want to avoid surgery, then find a doctor that offers non-surgical spinal decompression.
Julie Amundsen, DC, BCAO, QME
I hope this info is helpful. Take care and be well.
Dr. Eric Miller
I'm so glad you asked this important question. Herniated discs themselves tend to heal over time, even though they often come with excruciating pain. However, you may have a bulging disc which is much more common and will not resolve on its own. The important thing to note in either case is that the disc is likely putting pressure on your nerves or spinal cord. If you have tingling, numbness, business, shooting pain, muscle cramps, weakness, heavy feeling in the leg, hot or cold temperature sensation changes or lack of touch sensation, you are already experiencing nerve damage. It is VERY important to get your nervous system health checked when you have disc problems or any of these symptoms.
It tends to be best to have it treated in its early stages.
With that being said, it is always the better choice to AT MINIMUM get evaluated by a trained provider, whether that provider is a Chiropractor, Neurologist, or even your Primary Care doctor. Whether or not you follow their advice is up to you, but at least you will be better informed.
My advice is to get treated by a Chiropractor to not only speed the healing of the herniation, but also to rehab the area and surrounding structures so that any future issues the herniation may cause are minimized. Best of luck to you.
2. It may get worse and require surgery
3. It may stay the same and cause other problems in the future.
I highly recommend getting some form of conservative care now. This will allow your body to fully recover, and quickly. Chiropractic and Physical Therapy are great options of treatment.