How do you diagnose a prolapsed disc?

It can take a little while for a physician to make a prolapsed disc diagnosis. The process of diagnosing a spinal condition tends to be more complicated than it is for other conditions, such as the flu or strep throat. There are numerous bones, nerves, muscles, joints and soft tissues in the neck and back, and many of these components are in very close proximity to each other.

To correctly determine what is causing your symptoms, your physician will work through a series of steps, which may include:

  • Reviewing your medical history and symptoms
  • Performing several important functional tests
  • Ordering one or more imaging tests, such as a CT scan or MRI

Once your imaging scans are complete, it can take several days to process and interpret the results. If a prolapsed disc diagnosis is confirmed, you may be advised to schedule another appointment to discuss your potential treatment options.

What to do after receiving a prolapsed disc diagnosis

If you’ve been diagnosed with a prolapsed disc, you should know that you may have a number of options for relieving your pain and helping you get back to your daily routine. Some approaches are conservative — e.g., taking over-the-counter medications and performing at-home exercises — while others involve surgery. But, you may not need surgery to treat your prolapsed disc. With the help of your physician, you can explore the therapies that are appropriate for you and choose the best approach for your specific needs.

If you ultimately decide that surgery is the route you want to take, you may want to consider minimally invasive surgery as an alternative to a traditional operation. Laser Spine Institute has helped thousands of people find relief from chronic neck and back pain associated with a prolapsed disc diagnosis. To learn more, contact us today. Or, if you’d like, you can find out if you’re a candidate with a no-cost MRI review.*