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Will an MRI show a herniated disk even after the pain has gone?

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
2 doctors agree

In brief: It may or it may not

As disc herniations have been shown to shrink in size or resolve over time as demonstrated on sequential mri's over a period of 6 months 60% are smaller or not demonstrated any longer in persons who had sciatic symptoms, also realize that asymptomatic people with MRI can reveal a disc herniation and sciatica can occur without a herniation with other sources for the pain.

In brief: It may or it may not

As disc herniations have been shown to shrink in size or resolve over time as demonstrated on sequential mri's over a period of 6 months 60% are smaller or not demonstrated any longer in persons who had sciatic symptoms, also realize that asymptomatic people with MRI can reveal a disc herniation and sciatica can occur without a herniation with other sources for the pain.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

However, 60%of disc herniations are gone or smaller on follow up mri's 6 months later in people who get better-905 are treated non operatively.

In brief: Yes

However, 60%of disc herniations are gone or smaller on follow up mri's 6 months later in people who get better-905 are treated non operatively.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Dr. Kevin Vaught
Neurosurgery

In brief: Yes

If you have a herniated disc, the MRI will show it.
The majority of patients with herniated discs will get better in 6-10 weeks.

In brief: Yes

If you have a herniated disc, the MRI will show it.
The majority of patients with herniated discs will get better in 6-10 weeks.
Dr. Kevin Vaught
Dr. Kevin Vaught
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Dr. Behnam Myers
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine

In brief: Yes

It sure can. Just because the pain is gone does not mean the herniation is gone.

In brief: Yes

It sure can. Just because the pain is gone does not mean the herniation is gone.
Dr. Behnam Myers
Dr. Behnam Myers
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