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How do I know if lower back pain is associated with possible degenerative disc?

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Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
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In brief: Difficult sometimes

Disc degeneration is so common that it often difficult to determine if a particular disc is causeing symptoms.
There are many people walking around with disc degeneration who have no low back pain at all. Mri findings correlate poorly to symptoms in many cases. Some doctors will do an injection of the disc (discogram) to see if it is painful but this is a very controversial test.

In brief: Difficult sometimes

Disc degeneration is so common that it often difficult to determine if a particular disc is causeing symptoms.
There are many people walking around with disc degeneration who have no low back pain at all. Mri findings correlate poorly to symptoms in many cases. Some doctors will do an injection of the disc (discogram) to see if it is painful but this is a very controversial test.
Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
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Dr. Ramin AmirNovin
Neurosurgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: MRI

The only way to know for sure if the lower back is partially caused by degeneration of your discs is imaging.
X rays, ct's, and mris are all possible imaging modalities . Mri's present the most information.

In brief: MRI

The only way to know for sure if the lower back is partially caused by degeneration of your discs is imaging.
X rays, ct's, and mris are all possible imaging modalities . Mri's present the most information.
Dr. Ramin AmirNovin
Dr. Ramin AmirNovin
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