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Possible herniated cervical disc. How to diagnose it? Is MRI the only sure diagnosis?
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Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology
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In brief: Weakness and pain.
Usually a herniated disk causes pressure to be put on nerves of that area, causing pain.
Cervical disk problems can be localized by a patterrn of motor weakness, and areflexia. This can be seen at the shoulder(c5), biceps(c6), triceps/finger and wrist extensors(c7), finger flexors(c8). Mri is great to comfirm the diagnosis, but it is expensive. See a good neuro. Doctor first.

In brief: Weakness and pain.
Usually a herniated disk causes pressure to be put on nerves of that area, causing pain.
Cervical disk problems can be localized by a patterrn of motor weakness, and areflexia. This can be seen at the shoulder(c5), biceps(c6), triceps/finger and wrist extensors(c7), finger flexors(c8). Mri is great to comfirm the diagnosis, but it is expensive. See a good neuro. Doctor first.
Dr. Joseph Woods
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Dr. Michael Korona
Radiology - Interventional
In brief: Myelogram
Of the c spine can also make diagnosis if you can't have mri.

In brief: Myelogram
Of the c spine can also make diagnosis if you can't have mri.
Dr. Michael Korona
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Dr. Tushar Patel
Radiology
In brief: MRI is best
Mri is the most accurate way to diagnosis disc herniation in the spine.
Next accurate would be a ct scan myelogram which is a ct after a spinal puncture with injection of ct dye into the spinal sac. After that, a ct scan without myelogram. Regular xrays are useless as the discs are invisible on xray. Mri can be performed without dye injection and doesn't involve radiation, hence its popularity.

In brief: MRI is best
Mri is the most accurate way to diagnosis disc herniation in the spine.
Next accurate would be a ct scan myelogram which is a ct after a spinal puncture with injection of ct dye into the spinal sac. After that, a ct scan without myelogram. Regular xrays are useless as the discs are invisible on xray. Mri can be performed without dye injection and doesn't involve radiation, hence its popularity.
Dr. Tushar Patel
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