How do you fix a collapsed disc in your back?

Surgery. Surgery is an option if conservative treatments aren’t effective for pain relief, symptoms are impairing your mobility or you experience a change in bowel and bladder function. A minimally invasive procedure to remove or repair the collapsed disc can resolve pain in the long-term.

What is disc space collapse?

1. A collapsed disc is an intervertebral disc of the spine that loses its original height due to the deterioration or wearing down of its fibrous outer wall. This condition is typically caused by an injury, obesity, or it is the result of degeneration in the aging spine.

How do you treat a collapsed disc?

Lumbar herniated disc treatments

  1. Physical therapy, exercise and gentle stretching to help relieve pressure on the nerve root.
  2. Ice and heat therapy for pain relief.
  3. Manipulation (such as chiropractic manipulation)
  4. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen, naproxen or COX-2 inhibitors for pain relief.

How painful is a collapsed disc?

When a collapsed disc is is narrowed, it is likely to compresses nearby nerves, which may result in various symptoms like muscle weakness, pain, numbness and tingling, limited range of motion, or a burning sensation.

Can a collapsed disc heal itself?

The good news is that in most cases — 90% of the time — pain caused by a herniated disc will go away on its own within six months. Initially, your doctor will likely recommend that you take an over-the-counter pain reliever and limit activities that cause pain or discomfort.

How long does it take for a collapsed disc to heal?

The average amount of time it takes for a herniated disk to heal is four to six weeks, but it can get better within a few days depending on how severe the herniation was and where it occurred. The biggest factor in healing a herniated disk is time, because most often it will resolve on its own.