There are a number of ways that someone can suffer with back pain and sciatica, but easily one of the most common is a herniated disc. This is why many people who have back pain or sciatica may believe it is being caused by a ruptured disc. But how do you know for sure?
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Diagnosing herniated discs can often be very difficult. This is because when it comes to the herniated discs, no two symptoms or causes are alike. While most cases seem typical, there are always extremes. For instance, someone may have an extremely small herniation that is causing them severe pain, but their MRI looks completely normal. Or on the other hand, the MRI may show that someone has a massive herniated disc, but yet they are in very little pain.
The following are the steps to diagnosing a herniated disc:
- The first step is going to a doctor or healthcare provider and getting a detailed examination. They will most likely pay particular attention to problems in the legs such as muscle weakness or numbness, which could indicate sciatica caused by the herniated disc.
- If the examination revealed that there is a good chance of a herniated disc, the patient will most likely be sent for a MRI. This is the best tool for being able to see a herniation. The doctor may order other similar tests, such as a CT Scan or X-Ray, but the MRI is the most important for diagnosing herniated discs.
- If the patient is showing the symptoms of sciatica, they may also be given two other tests: an EMG (Electromyography) and NCV (Nerve Conduction Velocity) study. These tests can help determine how severe the patient's sciatica is and if it is a result of the herniated disc or some other health issue.
After these tests, the patient should have a good indication on if they have a herniated disc and how severe it is.
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