Re: Is Disc bulge curable?
Yes, it is possible and people do it all the time using a variety of conservative treatments. In addition to these treatments, the person must be very vigilant to avoid any movement or activity that will further aggravate the injury. This would involve bending or twisting at the waist, pushing, pulling or reaching up overhead, and avoiding lifting anything over about 10-15 pounds.
There is a book written by a physio therapist from New Zealand who devised a series of exercises and a whole system to evaluate disc injuries that is now used by therapists world-wide. It is "Treat Your Own Back" by Robin McKenzie. Many people have had results following his exercises to strengthen the back and core muscles.
My husband ruptured a disc almost 20 years ago. This was before doctors routinely suggested epidural steroid injections, and before discectomies were common. He went through a course of physical therapy...and he has done those exercises every day since! I think this is why he has been able to avoid further injury.
It generally takes about 6-8 weeks to get through the initial difficult part when the pain is acute. Then it is manageable...but you will need to be very careful to not aggravate it, as it will just reherniate.
Surgery becomes necessary if the herniated disc is compressing a nerve so badly that there is sudden muscle weakness as in drop foot, or if there is a sudden loss in bowel or bladder control. Otherwise, if you can tolerate the pain, the disc should eventually heal.