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The treatment of lumbar disk herniation often depends on the severity of a patient’s symptoms and the severity of neurologic compression. Patients with mild or moderate symptoms may respond well to conservative treatments, such as oral antiinflammatory and pain medicines.
Some patients are given an epidural space injection. The spinal cord is covered by a material called dura. The space between the dura and the spinal column is called the epidural space. Injecting steroid medicine into this space can ease inflammation around the nerves, disks and facet joints. This can reduce swelling of the compressed nerve.
Patients often work with a physical therapist. By evaluating your condition, a therapist can assign positions and exercises to ease your symptoms. Your therapist may suggest using traction. This treatment gently stretches the low back, taking pressure off the spinal nerves. Your therapist may also suggest strengthening and aerobic exercises for your back and abdominal muscles.