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spineadvisor: Neck & Back Pain eNewsletter from April 23, 2008
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Herniated Discs Follow-up: Treatment Options
Ask the Experts Question Question:
I’m writing in response to your last answer on herniated discs.  Thanks for explaining what they are and what happens when they press on a nerve, but what can I do to get rid of a herniated disc and the pain?  I have a herniated disc in my low back, so what are my treatment options?
—Reigate, England
Ask the Experts Answer

You’re not going to “get rid” of the herniated disc on your own—I just need to let you know that.  The only way to permanently get rid of a herniated disc is surgery, but that’s generally a last resort option to relieve your pain and other symptoms.  It’s a low percentage of herniated disc patients who need surgery; I’d say around 1-2%.  For the other 98-99%, non-surgical treatments are very effective for herniated or bulging discs.

For my patients, the first thing I recommend is...
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Timothy R. Kuklo, MD, JD This Week's Expert:
Timothy R. Kuklo, MD, JD
Associate Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery and Neurological Surgery
Washington University School of Medicine
St. Louis, MO
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Wellness and Lifestyle
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Walking is a great exercise that people can easily fit into their daily schedule.

If you want to reduce or prevent back pain, you can take a few easy steps, including walking.  Just that simple activity, with maybe a few strengthening exercises mixed in, is a good-for-your-life way to stay in shape.

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