Can X Ray Detect Herniated Disc

Danielle Fletcher
• Friday, 25 December, 2020
• 12 min read

When used to focus on disc abnormalities, x -rays are a complete waste of time, money and offer an unnecessary exposure to dangerous radiation. X -rays can not determine which condition is causing this to occur, but will provide the doctor with a reason to order a more detailed test, such as an MRI or CT scan, to better visualize the affected spinal levels.

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You might be asked to lie flat and move your legs into various positions to help determine the cause of your pain. In most cases of herniated disk, a physical exam and a medical history are all that's needed for a diagnosis.

If your doctor suspects another condition or needs to see which nerves are affected, he or she may order one or more of the following tests. Plain X -rays don't detect herniated disks, but they can rule out other causes of back pain, such as an infection, tumor, spinal alignment issues or a broken bone.

A CT scanner takes a series of X -rays from different directions and then combines them to create cross-sectional images of your spinal column and the surrounding structures. Radio waves and a strong magnetic field are used to create images of your body's internal structures.

This test can be used to confirm the location of the herniated disk and to see which nerves are affected. This test can show pressure on your spinal cord or nerves due to multiple herniated disks or other conditions.

During an EGG, your doctor inserts a needle electrode through your skin into various muscles. The test evaluates the electrical activity of your muscles when they contract and when they're at rest.

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If your pain doesn't improve with oral medications, your doctor might recommend a corticosteroid that can be injected into the area around the spinal nerves. Because of the side effects of opioids and the potential for addiction, many doctors hesitate to prescribe them for disk herniation.

If other medication doesn't relieve your pain, your doctor might consider short-term use of opioids, such as codeine or an oxycodone-acetaminophen combination (Percent, Roxie). Sedation, nausea, confusion and constipation are possible side effects from these drugs.

Physical therapists can show you positions and exercises designed to minimize the pain of a herniated disk. Discectomy is the surgical removal of the damaged portion of a herniated disk in your spine.

This can irritate or compress nearby nerves and cause pain, numbness or weakness. Few people with herniated disks eventually need surgery.

Your doctor might suggest surgery if conservative treatments fail to improve your symptoms after six weeks, especially if you continue to have: In nearly all cases, surgeons can remove just the protruding portion of the disk.

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In these cases, the vertebrae may need to be fused with a bone graft. To allow the process of bone fusion, which takes months, metal hardware is placed in the spine to provide spinal stability.

Rarely, your surgeon might suggest the implantation of an artificial disk. Explore Mayo Clinic studies testing new treatments, interventions and tests as a means to prevent, detect, treat or manage this disease.

Initially, cold packs can be used to relieve pain and inflammation. After a few days, you might switch to gentle heat to give relief and comfort.

Make sure your movements are slow and controlled, especially bending forward and lifting. Some alternative and complementary medicine treatments might help ease chronic back pain.

Spinal manipulation has been found to be moderately effective for low back pain that has lasted for at least a month. Rarely, chiropractic treatment of the neck can cause certain types of strokes.

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Although results are usually modest, acupuncture appears to ease chronic back and neck pain. This hands-on therapy can provide short-term relief to people dealing with chronic low back pain.

Radiating pain, numbness, tingling, or weakness in the legs or arms may indicate that the disc is pressing on a nearby nerve. Most of the time, pain associated with a herniated disc goes away on its own over a period of weeks or months and does not cause permanent damage to the spine or nerves.

A herniated disc that pinches a nerve in the lumbar spine can result in pain in the lower back that may radiate to the legs and feet. If a disc pinches a nerve in the cervical spine, it can cause pain in the neck that may radiate to the arms and hands.

You may also be asked to bend or walk a few steps, so that your doctor can assess whether an injury has affected your balance or ability to move. A doctor may also expose areas of your skin to stimuli such as warm and cool temperatures to assess whether sensation is affected.

Your doctor may ask you to use specific muscle groups in moving parts of your body to assess strengths and weaknesses. An MRI scan may be used to get a closer view of the vertebrae, discs, and surrounding soft tissues, including the spinal cord and any affected nerves.

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An MRI machine uses a magnetic field and radio waves to create two- and three-dimensional images of parts of your body. If you feel pain radiating into your arms or legs, or weakness, tingling, or numbness, an electromyography (EGG) can reveal whether nerves are being pinched as a result of a herniated disc.

This test helps doctors to determine if pain or weakness originates in the muscles or nerves. During an EGG, a doctor inserts small, thin needles, called electrodes, through the skin and into muscles that correspond to specific nerves.

I felt sick and dizzy in the evening for about 2 mins, then it quickly passed. However, since Sunday I have been experiencing mild abdominal pains in the mid abdomen area (near the belly button) and my bowel movement has changed as I haven't been going as regularly the last few days.

View 4 Replies Had a discectomy 2 years ago on l3 l4 and worked wonders on my sciatica however lower back pain is always there. I can walk 15 mins with a stick before excruciating pain in my leg and back.

Often told me to go to GP Incas surgery is needed in the future, GP said even consultant would not have diagnosed HD without a scan so referred me to physio. My back does crack a lot now as I stand up after bending down (feeding the cat, picking up clothes etc).

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I have tried most therapies & treatments, including but not exclusively:Acupuncture, TENS, PT, ESI in 2008 & 2012, Phototherapy, Mackenzie Stretching, Cairo, Massage. Some of my main activities that I've had to scale back to, and serve as productive exercise:Walking every day, inversion table, swimming, Mackenzie stretching.

I've been reading some posts regarding folks who've had the microdiscectomy procedure done, and I've met with many euro and or tho surgeons during my long journey. I've also begun to research MSC treatment as well, as this is proving to be very promising, but is still in the very early stages of acceptance and use in the States.

I've always opted to not have an invasive procedure because of fear of it not helping and possibly making things worse. Believe me, I understand there are many that are worse off than me and I wish I could help you because I know how bad chronic pain is and what is does to you physically AND mentally.

All the doctors I've ever seen look at me (at 5'9, 150 lbs, lean and “looking” healthy), and I pass all the “strength” tests they give me. However, just because I look healthy and can pass them pushing on my legs and feet while I resist, and I'm not losing bladder or bowel control doesn't mean that the slightest move or overdoing it won't put me down again.

Case in point, (After 2 years since my last episode and the walking and my conservative exercising not giving me the progress I'm expecting after 2 years), I decided to, (at the recommendation of a sports med doctor), to go see a well respected and very highly recommended, (by friends), PT Strength and Conditioning coach. He put me through an initial PT type evaluation and I had my first session last night.

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I'm really beginning to seriously consider surgery, or possibly explore MSC treatment for the disc (s). View 14 Replies I have been experiencing the lower back pain which is local from last 5 years.

I won't go through why it took two years to be properly diagnosed (my handle here was created when I thought I was going to have reconstructive foot surgery because I am severely overprinted). I had an epidural 12 days ago, and the chronic lower back pain I had when seated has been reduced significantly.

I am wondering if anyone with a similar diagnosis ended up feeling the same way I did, and, if so, if/how you finally got better. I have a desk job, and this sounds nuts, I know, but I started holding a dictionary in my lap as a sort of “guide” to align myself against.

Eventually I started shifting in my seat all the time; it felt like my pelvis was out of balance. At the gym, not really knowing what I was trying to do, I would constantly reach down and touch my right heel (when seated on a bench), as if trying to straighten my foot.

I couldn't clench my right butt cheek, and my right glute eventually atrophied to the point that my gym shorts would slide down my right side, and I could feel the difference in my glutes in my jeans. It was difficult to stand for any length of time, again, because of feeling misaligned rather than pain.

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Low right back pain when seated kicked in, and starting about nine months ago, was chronic. So now, as I say, I have (what I believe is) a correct diagnosis; have had the epidural, which has greatly reduced the back pain.

Now I just have the lingering sense of my back and shoulder on the right side not being aligned, and still have mobility and gait issues. View 7 Replies it's been awhile since I came on this board, but I know there is many helpful people here.

C5-6, there is a disc /osteophytic ridge with moderate narrowing of the central canal and neural forming. Diffuse disc bulges narrowing the central canal and neural forming as described, most pronounced from C5-6 through C7-T1.

View 1 Replies I had an accident in work a year ago and have finally been diagnosed with a disc bulge and 3 very stretched ligaments in my ankle but since my last physio I have started to get a pain in my right buttock and gradually it has been getting worse I'm in pain sitting walking standing going the toilet and the pain is that unbearable at times that I can cry. And now 4 days into this pain I have a large lump I can feel under the skin about the size of a 10p it's about 3 cm from the bum crack and is extremely sore to touch has anyone any idea if this is related to my other problems or something else as I don't know whether to go doctors or wait for my next physio.

View 1 Replies Hi all, before Xmas my back started to get sore but I thought with 2 weeks rest during the holiday it would get better. Few days after I started to get pains from the top of my buttock all the way down my leg into my foot, I then realized that I had sciatica.

Week ago I had an MRI scan, and it revealed that one of the discs is trapping the nerve. I have good and bad days but I can't walk properly and painkillers really help.

I went back to the doctor today, and he thinks from the results of the scan I should arrange to have surgery as it hasn't improved over 8 weeks.

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