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2010 lumbar xray scoliosis an sclerosis of facet joints a mri in 01an06 of neck hern/buldg disc min pressure on spinal cord, what test show nerve dam?

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Dr. Laurence Haber
35 years experience Neurology
3: Physical exam, ssep and emgncv.
Answered on Nov 13, 2015
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Dr. Soren Singel
28 years experience Neurosurgery
Clinical exam: Nerve damage causes specific symptoms, and shows on a clinical examination. See your md for an exam, if in doubt they will send you to a neurologist. Should suspicion of nerve damage be found, electrophysiological tests may be used to confirm. The minor changes seen on xrays and MRI you describe would not cause any nerve damage. If it's a chronic pain situation - read john sarno's book.
Answered on Jun 10, 2014
Dr. Steven Chmielewski
29 years experience Diagnostic Radiology
EMG: Occaisionally there can be nerve impingement that is not seen on the MRI because the paient moved or the slice just didn't 'catch it'. (partial volume averaging). Emg can be very helpful in these cases.
Answered on Jun 10, 2014

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