When you have chronic lower back pain or chronic neck pain, which is pain that is lasting for more than three months and is severe, you may be suffering from a herniated disc. But you may also be suffering from several other spinal conditions. Diagnosis is key. So what do NJ herniated discs specialists look for to be sure that you are, in fact, suffering from a herniated disc?
Herniated Disc Basics
First, what exactly is a herniated disc? Between each of your vertebrae in your spine is a disc that keeps your vertebrae separated and acts as a shock absorber, protecting your vertebrae from your daily activities. Over time, through wear and tear, these discs can pop, where the inner nucleus pops out of the outer layer of the disc. This can also happen due to trauma. It can lead to many varieties of pain depending on where in the spine the herniated disc is located.
Diagnosis of a Herniated Disc
Your NJ Herniated Discs Specialist will do a combination of things during a consultation to verify that you have a herniated disc. In the area where you’re feeling the pain, your doctor will check your reflexes, muscle strength, and spinal curvature. He will also ask that you do several movements to check your mobility and see which movements cause pain and where the pain is caused exactly. He will also order any necessary tests to confirm your conditions, such as an MRI, X-ray, or EMG (to determine affected nerves).
Rest assured that your NJ Herniated Discs Specialist will be able to confidently diagnose your condition, whether it is a herniated disc or something else. Dr. Rovner at Progressive Spine & Orthopaedics is such a specialist and will be able to treat whatever condition is uncovered.