Most cervical disc problems improve without surgery and return to normal function. Duration of treatment can range from 4 to 12 weeks depending on the severity of the symptoms. Patients need to continue with a regiment of stretching, strengthening and stabilization exercises. Use of postural awareness, body mechanics and being cognizant of the do’s and don’ts for having a healthy neck are necessary for a good long-term prognosis. Remember, “once you have a neck problem, you have a neck problem” goes a long way to preventing further injury.
Some of the terms commonly used to describe the condition include herniated disc , prolapsed disc , ruptured disc and slipped disc . Other phenomena that are closely related include disc protrusion , pinched nerves, sciatica , disc disease, disc degeneration, degenerative disc disease , and black disc. The popular term slipped disc is a misnomer, as the intervertebral discs are tightly sandwiched between two vertebrae to which they are attached, and cannot actually "slip", or even get out of place. The disc is actually grown together with the adjacent vertebrae and can be squeezed, stretched and twisted, all in small degrees. It can also be torn, ripped, herniated, and degenerated, but it cannot "slip".  Some authors consider that the term "slipped disc" is harmful, as it leads to an incorrect idea of what has occurred and thus of the likely outcome.    However, during growth, one vertebral body can slip relative to an adjacent vertebral body, a deformity called spondylolisthesis . 
Spinal surgery in the past has been a daunting event, and included expensive hospitalization, significant surgical risk and an extended uncomfortable convalescent period. Advances in technology have made minimally invasive spinal surgery possible. Minimally invasive surgical procedures performed by Laser Spine Institute avoid many of the risks and difficulties of traditional open spinal surgery. If you have been diagnosed with a bulging disc and conservative management has failed, we suggest that you view our page dedicated to bulging disc treatment . You could be able to more efficiently reclaim a productive lifestyle with one of the minimally invasive, outpatient procedures performed at Laser Spine Institute.