Disc Herniations Can Heal without Surgery


Lumbar spine disc herniations are very common. The highest prevalence is among people aged 30-50 years, with a male to female ratio of 2:1. While many persons can live a relatively high functioning life with the presence of degenerative disc disease, if a disc herniates and leaks some of its inner material,  the disc can quickly go from easing daily life to aggravating a nerve, triggering back pain and possibly pain and nerve symptoms down the leg.

Treatment options such as surgery, physical or manual therapy collectively aim to reduce the inflammation surrounding the inflamed spinal nerve roots. However, disc herniations can become asymptomatic overtime.

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There is also a case report from the New England Journal of Medicine that documents the resolution of a lumbar herniation without surgery. Data from clinical trials suggest that patients who have herniated lumbar discs have similar long-term outcomes whether they undergo surgery or elect conservative management. In addition, the risk of subsequent catastrophic worsening without surgery is minimal.

????Hong J and Ball PA. Resolution of Lumbar Disk Herniation without Surgery. N Engl J Med. 2016.

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