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An MRI is the best way to know whether or not you have a herniated lumbar disc

Posted Jun 02 2009 4:34pm

San Francisco- If your back or leg pain is not improving after a 3-4 weeks of conservative care, you should consider getting an MRI, The MRI is the gold standard as far as diagnostic tests for disc herniations. You go into a giant hallow tube for about 30 minutes and the machine takes a picture of every single lumbar spinal disc from all the pertinent angles. If you are claustrophobic, they have open MRI. The detail is not as good and it takes a little longer, but it is much more comfortable.

After you have the MRI, you will return to your doctor and he/she will put them up on a viewbox and go over them with you. Md_news_photos_013 At this point there will be more clairity as far as exactly what your problem is. If you are seeing an orthopedic doctor, he/she may want to give you cortisone injections or maybe prescribe surgery. If you are seeing a chiropractor, maybe he/she will find that the MRI supports the adjustments and no changes to the treatment plan are needed.

Or, maybe a referral to a medical doctor is nor indicated. Or, maybe your doctor recommends nonsurgical spinal decompression on a machine like the DRX 9000. In this case the MRI will most likely give the doctor specific information as far as how to setup the machine and what discs to target. Md_news_photos_011 Either way, the MRI will solve the mystery. There is an MRI facility right accross the street from us at our San Francisco Financial District location. This makes it very convenient for our spinal decompression candidates, as we often times have the results the same day.

Once we have the MRI results and we know where to apply the decompression, we can start right away. Often times on the same day.

So, if you or anyone you know is suffering with back or leg pain that is not going away, you may have herniated discs. If you would like to discuss your condition, we can offer you a complimentary consulation at ourSan Francisco Decompression Center. Simply call 415-392-2225 or fill out ourFree Online Consultation Form. Chances are, you will be glad you did.

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