catfish5 saidTalk to your MD about cortisone injections in your spine.
Stretch hamstrings and piriformis muscle.
Mckenzie extension exercises and core stabilization exercises work well for herniated discs.
Decompressive spinal modalities (decompression table, mechanical spinal traction, inversion table) may benefit you.
Stay away from chiropractic manipulations- they will worsen a herniated disc problem.
Have patience. A herniated disc can heal on its own but it takes a long time. Avoid reaggravating your back (heavy lifting, squats with weight, impact activity, poor posture, improper lifiting).
Use surgery as a last resort only.
Hope this helps.
Injections should be a 2nd to last resort. With a good therapist, possibly not even needed.
What you said about chiropractors is VERY incorrect due to the generalization.
While chiropractors "can" be harmful, that only goes for the shitty ones. There are some chiropractors who are specifically trained in lower back problems, including herniated disks. Mine is, and he has the traction table. It has worked wonders for me.
Just one month ago the doc told me I'd never run again. Now I've been running for a week. And the ONLY treatment I've gotten was decompression/traction at my chiropractor. Up until then, I'd been off work for two months with no sign of relief, and no doc could help me.