How does the diagnosis of a herniated disc occur?

Centro de la columna Vertebral: January 08, 2019

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How does the diagnosis of a herniated disc occur?

The diagnosis of a herniated disc does not only involve imaging studies and mobility tests. It also involves the experience and expertise of the physician performing the screening consultation. This time we will tell you more about this, remember that only a doctor can perform any type of diagnosis or interpretation of imaging studies.

Assessment consultation

First, you will need to go to a doctor's appointment. He or she may perform a physical examination to check your weight, reflexes, pain location and other data that he or she considers to be important. He or she will also ask you about your family history and the nature or type of pain you are experiencing.

Imaging studies

Later, if the doctor decides, he can request imaging studies, such as: a CT scan, X-ray, MRI or electromyography. All these studies are aimed at obtaining a clear image of the components of the spine to verify whether it is a herniated disc or another condition that produces similar symptoms.

Additional studies

Again, if your doctor deems it necessary, he or she may order blood tests or an electromyography, which consists of the introduction of a tiny needle into a muscle area (such as the back) to determine the responsiveness of motor neurons.
Interpretation and results

Once you have obtained all the necessary studies, you will have to return to your treating physician for an interpretation. The diagnosis of a herniated disc should only be made by a health professional, who is trained and qualified to interpret the results; not all the shadows or lumps that appear on an image mean that a hernia exists, so you should avoid drawing hasty conclusions.

Visit the CCV for a diagnosis of a herniated disc

The Centro de la Columna Vertebral has specially trained physicians who diagnose and treat herniated discs, as well as other spinal conditions and diseases. Go to your nearest clinic for an assessment consultation. If you already have a diagnosis and/or imaging study, come in for a second opinion. All our treatments are non-surgical.

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"The information contained in this blog is of an informative nature; it seeks to promote good health habits in the population and by no means replaces medical consultation. Content reviewed and corrected by Dr. Armando Acevedo Mendez, orthopedics and traumatology specialist. Professional license: 602691".

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