Initial treatment of a spinal hernia is almost always conservative. This starts with rest and may also include heat, physical therapy and medication. Surgery is only performed on about 10% of all spinal hernias. When surgery is performed, there are several types. Most of them try to relieve the pressure by creating more space for the disc to bulge in or by removing some of the bulging material. In extreme cases, the entire disc may be removed.
Surgery is only performed on about 10% of all spinal hernias.