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will an xray show a pinched nerve

A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Luis Villaplana
34 years experience Internal Medicine
No and yes: Full spine x rays would involve the lumbar area. Plain films can help in diagnosing bone problems, and narrowing of the space between vertebrae, sugge ... Read More
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dariush Saghafi
32 years experience Neurology
The answer is YES: It's interesting the way you phrased your question "passing neurological tests". Nice. Anyways, a description of your symptoms as to why you or some ... Read More
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
28 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
MRI of neck: At this point an MRI would probably be useful. The MRI visualizes the spinal nerves and will tell if you do have a " pinched nerve."
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Mirochna
12 years experience Family Medicine
No: If you are having weakness or tingling or numbness in your legs, imaging may be considered. Other red flags would be trouble with bowel or bladder, o ... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Lages
67 years experience Rheumatology
Chest CT thoracic sp: A CT of the chest does show some of the thoracic spine and disc spaces, but not the lumbar spine where most symptomatic herniated discs are
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Drourr
28 years experience Pain Management
Maybe: Depends on how severe the damage is. MRI with contrast may show more.
A 56-year-old male asked:
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
40 years experience Preventive Medicine
By Definition: Lumbar compression, eg. A vertebral body, means the bone dimensions have decreased, of course very variable how much. Standard xr least sensitive, ct ... Read More
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edwin Schuller
44 years experience Family Medicine
No: Typically not. A temporary change in lumbar curves may.
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gerald Mandell
51 years experience Nuclear Medicine
Not usually: Soft tissue injuries do not usually show on plain radiograph but can be seen on ultrasound or mr exam. Secondary signs of sprain sometimes can be seen ... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Smith
53 years experience Neurosurgery
Maybe: A much better test is not x-ray but MRI of the jaw.
A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Emerson Knight
47 years experience Urology
Perhaps : nerve compression can sometimes be s cause for retention. However usually you will have other symptoms also related to nerve compression such as pain, ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Dowling
39 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Yes: However, 60%of disc herniations are gone or smaller on follow up mri's 6 months later in people who get better-905 are treated non operatively.
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Grant Linnell
23 years experience Radiology
Yes: A full spine x-ray will show the neck, back and low back region.
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Grant Linnell
23 years experience Radiology
Yes: Depending on what nerves you would like to see, MRI should be able to see nerve impingement.
A 61-year-old female asked:
Dr. Moshe Lewis
24 years experience Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Yes, but EMG is betr: It is wise to see a hand specialist or Sports medicine doctor to figure out what your diagnosis is. A MRI can provide alot of soft tissue and nerve in ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Spinks
21 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 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Newton
18 years experience Pain Management
No: Patients experience this test differently. In my practice i tell patients that at the worst it may be a little uncomfortable. Some docs use techs to ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
48 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Yes it could show: Clearly.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kamran Janjua
21 years experience Radiology
Second opinion: Is a good idea. An MRI can be submitted to http://conciergeradiologist.Com in the next few weeks for reevaluation. One picture is not enough - the w ... Read More
A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sajjad Murtaza
Specializes in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Mri: can not see bursa on xray exam
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A member asked:
Dr. Scott Keith
43 years experience Podiatry
It can vary...: The fracture itself in not typically seen on an x-ray. What is seen is the bone's reaction to the stress. A cloudiness appears at the suspected site. ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Sterling
29 years experience Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Might help...: Inversion tables, are a form of traction, and will help about a third of people with disc injuries and pinched nerves. It's rare to feel worse from t ... Read More
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