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Why things Hurt
by LORIMER MOSELEY
Back Pain - Separating fact from fiction
by PETER O SULLIVAN
Understanding pain & what to do about it
by AUSTRALIAN PAIN MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION
Discs can Heal on their own
66.6% OF HERNIATED DISCS HEAL ON THEIR OWN - A RECENT META-ANALYSIS.
Most people think a disc bulge will stay with them for life. Numerous studies have repeatedly shown rates of disc regression and healing between 40-100% of the time over the course of 3-40 months. (see here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here). Well, a recent meta-analysis (Zhong et al., 2017) has shown that 2/3 of disc bulges naturally heal on their own! Many of them within a few months too.
The conclusion from the paper is that conservative treatment may become the first choice of treatment for lumbar disc herniation.