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For a physician to diagnose a bulging disc they need to look at a few different aspects of your pain. The medical history of the patient is taken into account, along with physical examination. If deemed necessary, diagnostic tests will also be ordered. The medical history of the patient will help describe when the pain started, what the patient was doing that caused it, what the pain feels like; Is it a burning sensation? Does it radiate to the arms? Does it feel less intense in one position rather than the other?
During the physical examination the physician will test for nerve function as well as how strong the muscle is in certain areas of either the arm or leg. The physical manipulation tests that are performed should give your doctor a good idea of what condition or injury may be causing the pain.
If your symptoms are severe and threaten to cause permanent damage to your spine or its surrounding structures, bulging disc surgery may be required before conservative methods are attempted.
Endoscopic spine procedures can be used to correct many of the conditions that cause chronic back pain or to repair failed previous surgeries.- Kaixuan Liu, MD, PhD President, Atlantic Spine Center Read More about Dr.Liu