The most common treatment is physical therapy, as this can often allow the disc to heal on its own. Along with physical therapy, and at home application of compression in hot and cold forms, the disc will generally heal on its own. However, the physician will monitor the condition and see if it’s gets worse or better overtime. If there isn’t any progression in the healing process, surgery may be used to correct the issue. The most common surgery is the use of a non-invasive method which involves making a small incision, and then moving the disc back into its original location. This surgery is typically effective if the disc hasn’t degenerated at a progressive level, and a special bonding material is used to hold the disc in place.
By working with your doctor and determining how far the progression of the degeneration is, you’ll be able to keep the condition from getting worse, while reducing pain and taking action where needed to prevent the disc from not healing properly, which can lead to additional problems down the road.