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can you see a herniated disc on an x ray

A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Reza Karimi
16 years experience Neurosurgery
Different tests: Plain X-rays of the spine only show bones structure, an MRI is needed if you are looking for soft tissue pathology like a herniated disk.
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A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Korona
33 years experience Interventional Radiology
After epidural : injection your symptoms hopefully will improve for several weeks. You may need a series of three injections spaced 2-4 weeks apart. Your SI joint can ... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Addagada Rao
56 years experience General Surgery
Special X rays: Routine spine x-ray will not show need MRI or some time ct scan of spine is needed.
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Dr. Chukwuka Okafor
16 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Only at later stage: X=ray is not a good screening tool for spinal tumor, as visualization of a radiolucent defect on x-rays requires a 50% destruction of the vertebral bo ... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Cole
32 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Possibly from back: Chronic hip bursitis that does not improve with conservative stretching may be a sign of back issues. A complete exam with a spinal specialist would ... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Grindstaff
38 years experience Addiction Medicine
No: a regular X-ray will not show a herniated disc. it may show disc space narrowing which is suggestive of disk disease. A CT may or may not show a her ... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Dowling
40 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
No: X-ray will reveal the space between the vertebral bodies where the disc is found but unless the disc is calcified, it will not be visualized as x-ray ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Spinks
22 years experience Neurosurgery
No: X-rays do not show disks or ligaments. They only show bones and some information about other tissues. Generally speaking, the best way to look at di ... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Peter Ihle
54 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
The Ls-S1 compre -: -compression @ L5-S1 would cause pain radiating down the posterior leg, to the lateral aspect of the ankle & foot. If severe, weakness in the gast ... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Angel Arturo Moya Marquez
Specializes in General Practice
No: No, you should not be worried. Herniated discs in the spine is not something that get corrected with medical treatment. It is normal if you still feel ... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Roberts
11 years experience Family Medicine
surgery ?: A long discussion with your dr is necessary to go over the risks and benefits to any procedure. I always recommend getting a 2nd opinion if possi ... Read More

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