While symptoms can improve, it does not mean that the disc has healed on its own. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication is used for initial treatment. An injection using a spinal needle may be performed to direct the medication to the disc. Your doctor may recommend physical therapy. You can also take over-the-counter pain medication to ease discomfort.
If symptoms do not respond to non-surgical treatment, you may need to see a pain specialist or orthopedic surgeon.