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Other than MRI, how can a doctor diagnose a pinched nerve?

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In brief: Other ways

A good history and detailed neurological exam can be a good start.
Tests besides a MRI would be an EMG/Nerve Conduction Study can support the above and can be used to document the root involved, give some information as to the severity, and exclude other possible causes. CAT Scans can be helpful but pale in comparison with a MRI. A myelogram can also be used in patients who cannot undergo a MRI.

In brief: Other ways

A good history and detailed neurological exam can be a good start.
Tests besides a MRI would be an EMG/Nerve Conduction Study can support the above and can be used to document the root involved, give some information as to the severity, and exclude other possible causes. CAT Scans can be helpful but pale in comparison with a MRI. A myelogram can also be used in patients who cannot undergo a MRI.
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