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How do you differentiate back pain due to muscular causes from back pain due to herniated disc?

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Dr. Djamchid Lotfi
Neurology
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In brief: Physical exam

Backache due to muscular spasm usually is localised to the affected area with spasm clinically evident herniated disc usually causes pain radiating along the pinched nerve affected usually down one leg EMG of the lower extremities and MRI of the lumbar spine may be necessary in some cases to settle the diagnosis.

In brief: Physical exam

Backache due to muscular spasm usually is localised to the affected area with spasm clinically evident herniated disc usually causes pain radiating along the pinched nerve affected usually down one leg EMG of the lower extremities and MRI of the lumbar spine may be necessary in some cases to settle the diagnosis.
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