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How is lumbar radiculopathy typically diagnosed?

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Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics
5 doctors agree

In brief: History alone.

The story pt tells the dr gives more that 80% the diagnosis.
Pain that comes feom the low back towards the buttocks and then down to the leg. Slightly reduced reflexes on affected side plus possibly some changes in sensation ( pimprick or vibration )confirms it. Usually bladder and bowel functions are preserved.

In brief: History alone.

The story pt tells the dr gives more that 80% the diagnosis.
Pain that comes feom the low back towards the buttocks and then down to the leg. Slightly reduced reflexes on affected side plus possibly some changes in sensation ( pimprick or vibration )confirms it. Usually bladder and bowel functions are preserved.
Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Dr. Pedro Hernandez
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Dr. Kevin Vaught
Neurosurgery
3 doctors agree

In brief: MRI

Obviously after a evaluation by your doctor, an MRI is the most common diagnostic study to confirm the diagnosis.
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In brief: MRI

Obviously after a evaluation by your doctor, an MRI is the most common diagnostic study to confirm the diagnosis.
Check out spine-health.Com.
Dr. Kevin Vaught
Dr. Kevin Vaught
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Dr. Mark Weston
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
3 doctors agree

In brief: History and physical

Mri can be used to confirm clinical.
Limpression.

In brief: History and physical

Mri can be used to confirm clinical.
Limpression.
Dr. Mark Weston
Dr. Mark Weston
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Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: Your story

If you have shooting pain, numbness, tingling, weakness in the parts of the body served by a spinal nerve, that gives you the diagnosis in most cases.
The physical examination helps confirm this. Tests like mri, ct, myelography, EMG are done to confirm what is already suspected by your history.

In brief: Your story

If you have shooting pain, numbness, tingling, weakness in the parts of the body served by a spinal nerve, that gives you the diagnosis in most cases.
The physical examination helps confirm this. Tests like mri, ct, myelography, EMG are done to confirm what is already suspected by your history.
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Dr. Michael Bolesta
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