A 30-year-old female asked:
What is the best diagnostic method to see if there is herniated disc or it's about piriformis syndrome?
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Orthopedic Surgery 24 years experience
An MRI: A physical exam is first in the evaluation. Piriformis syndrome and sciatica often causes pain in the buttock and posterior thigh. Nerve irritation or compression from a herniated disc can cause similar symptoms but with pain and weakness extending below the knee and sometimes into the foot. Plain x-rays then an MRI if symptoms persist is the image of choice.
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Last updated Jun 27, 2014
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