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Do I really need a MRI?

PoutooPPoutoo Posts: 1
edited 01/20/2016 - 3:59 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
After an bad positioning lift, I hurt some muscles in my shoulder / arm. After 2 weeks of rest, I went to the chiro and he sent me to a doctor to confirm a herniated cervical disc. Now the doctor wants me to go for a MRI and I am wondering why do I need it? Unless I was looking at surgery -which I'm not?

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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
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  • MRIs are used to show damage to muscles/nerves/discs etc something you can't get on a CT or a plain x-ray. This is actually pretty standard to rule out having to do surgery or not. It allows the physician along with PT professionals develop a plan to get you back to normal.

  • PlumbTuckeredOutPlumbTuckeredOut Philadelphia, PAPosts: 325
    Even if you don't want or feel that you need surgery now, you may want to know the amount of damage now because, most of us will attest to this, spinal issues usually get worse. You may feel that this is going to get better and I whole heartedly want it to for you, it can be important later to have proof of the injury going back to this incident.

    Tomorrow, next week, next year your arm may start bothering you. You may think it's carpal tunnel but when that shows up nothing you may realize that the disk injured now is what can be affecting your arm in the future.

    And your doctor may say "herniated disk" but he or she cannot know this without an MRI. There is now way to diagnose a herniation without imaging and soft tissue imaging (as seeing the herniation in a disk is) can only be done by MRI or opening you up and looking.


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  • foxbatffoxbat Posts: 1
    edited 01/24/2016 - 5:50 AM
    Yes you absolutely must get an MRI. The most important thing that it will reveal is if the herniation is impacting the spinal cord, and if it is then surgery will most likely be required. The second thing is that it will act as a useful guide for your physiotherapist so that he/she knows how to target your treatment.

    Remember, it is the doctor that prescribes the MRI and hast to provide justification to the Insurance company for approval. Because an individual wants to have a MRI, does not mean there is enough medical justification to order one

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  • MRI is typically recommended after 6 weeks or if three is weakness or numbness
  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,476
    edited 01/24/2016 - 1:49 PM
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