What is the outlook for people with herniated disks?

Most back and leg pain will get better gradually — usually within six weeks — by taking simple measures. In fact, most people with herniated disks respond to conservative treatment within six weeks and are able to return to their normal activities. Some will continue to have back pain even after treatment.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 07/22/2014.

References

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