In most cases, herniated discs heal by themselves, reports WebMD. Ninety percent of herniated discs improve within two years, according to The Center for Orthopedics. Some herniated discs heal through resorption, a process in which the body absorbs tissue fragments of the herniated disc, explains Cedars-Sinai.
Doctors often advise patients with herniated discs to rest for a few days and increase activity a little at a time, states Cedar-Sinai. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, such as ibuprofen or naproxen, help alleviate pain, and exercise can strengthen the muscles in the lower back, indicates the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Epidural injections of steroids help relieve inflammation. Chiropractic adjustments and acupuncture are other possible options to help manage pain, notes The Center for Orthopedics.