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Understanding an MRI of a Herniated Disc

Posted by Dr. Jeff Winternheimer D.C. on Mon, Aug 26, 2013 @ 09:05 AM

If you've had, or are scheduled to have, an MRI to evaluate a herniated disc, you may benefit from some background information on the test. After an initial physical and neurological examination and medical history to evaluate symptoms of back pain, your doctor may order an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) test. In some cases, your doctor may treat your back or leg pain for several weeks and order an MRI only if there is no improvement. If your physician believes that there is evidence of irritation to your spinal nerves, if you report pain, tingling sensations, loss of leg strength or if your reflexes are abnormally brisk or decreased, an MRI may be indicated.

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Topics: treatment plan, herniated disc, Back Pain, MRI