The recovery time for a bulging disc varies by person, but it can take as long as six weeks, according to WebMD. Both the type of treatment and the severity of the condition affects the recovery time.
There are a number of conservative treatment methods for a bulging disc, including rest and applying heat and ice, explains WebMD. Simple stretching exercises may also help to treat the condition, and over-the-counter pain relievers, such as acetaminophen and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are also used. If the bulging disc does not improve using conservative methods, physical therapy, including neck traction, is possible. If there is still no improvement, surgery is an option.