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Do herniated disks always cause pain?

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Dr. Stan Lee
Dr. Stan Leeanswered
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 23 years experience
No: A herniated disk is a term often used to describe MRI images and can be present without symptoms. A herniated disk on MRI must be correlated to a patient's symptoms. Symptomatic herniated disks most often present as shooting nerve pain down the arm or leg on the side of the herniation.
Dr. Roger Frankel
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
No: Disc herniations do not have to be symptomatic. They may sometimes not cause any symptoms.

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