Three ways to diagnose a herniated disc

If you suspect you may be suffering from a herniated disc, then you are no stranger to the pain, numbness, tingling and muscle weakness that this condition can cause. The good news is that there are a number of treatments that have proven successful in relieving the symptoms of this condition. The first step, however, is to schedule an appointment with a physician who will be able to pinpoint the cause of your pain.

How is a herniated disc diagnosed?

In order to correctly diagnose your herniated disc, your physician will likely conduct a combination of the following:

  1. Questions — Your physician may begin by discussing your medical history as well as any symptoms you are having, including their location, severity and whether any activities make them worse.
  2. Physical exam — Your appointment will also probably include a physical exam. Your physician may ask you to perform certain movements to test your range of motion.
  3. Medical imaging — Once your physician suspects a herniated disc may be the cause of your pain, he or she might order a medical imaging test, like an MRI or CT scan, to confirm your diagnosis.

Once you have been diagnosed with a herniated disc, you and your physician can work together to develop an individualized treatment plan that will best address your symptoms and help you reclaim your life from neck or back pain.

What to do if you need herniated disc surgery

While many patients are able to achieve meaningful relief and an improved quality of life with the help of a nonsurgical treatment regimen, others may require surgery to treat their herniated disc. These patients can contact Laser Spine Institute, where our board-certified+ surgeons perform minimally invasive outpatient surgery as a form of herniated disc treatment. Our procedures are performed through a less than 1-inch incision, and come with reduced recovery times than what is typical of open spine surgery.^ To find out if you are a candidate for our procedures, call Laser Spine Institute today.

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