Centro de la columna Vertebral: January 08, 2019
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.