Recovery time can vary from one patient to another and it depends largely on some specific factors including:
- Location of the herniated disc
- Severity of disc degeneration
- Severity of nerve compression
- Longevity of symptoms
- Specific treatment plan
In mild cases where surgery is not required, symptoms can be alleviated within weeks with ice or heat, over-the-counter pain medications, flexibility exercises and proper lifting techniques. Some minor adjustments such as using good posture, using proper lifting techniques and ergonomic chairs can help reduce or eliminate the pain.
For moderate cases, recovery can take up to six weeks or longer. In these cases, the physician may prescribe rehabilitation, medicines to control pain, steroid injections and rest.
If surgery is required to treat the herniated disc, Orlando Orthopedic Center surgeons utilize minimally invasive procedures to help shorten recovery time whenever possible.