Treatment for the first attack of disc protrusion may include steroidal or nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs and muscle balance physiotherapy, according to the Spinal Foundation. Disc protrusion is also called herniated discs, slipped discs or bulging discs, states Spine-health.
A herniated disc typically recovers on its own, explains WebMD. Doctors usually prescribe conservative, nonsurgical treatment first, such as thermal compresses, pain medication and exercise. Patients who receive treatment within six months generally get more benefit out of the treatment. Around 10 percent of patients with a herniated lumbar disc progress to surgery. Doctors may prescribe surgery to individuals still suffering from symptoms four weeks after nonsurgical treatment.