Herniated Disc (cont.)
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Exams and Tests
Your doctor will do a medical history and physical exam. If this suggests that you have a herniated disc, you probably won't need other tests.
X-rays generally aren't useful or needed. But if your medical history and physical exam suggest a more serious condition (such as a tumor, infection, fracture, or severe nerve damage), or if your leg pain and other symptoms don't get better after 4 weeks of nonsurgical treatment, your doctor may order X-rays.
Other tests, such as blood tests, may be done to rule out other conditions.
The following imaging tests aren't used as often as an MRI or a CT scan, but they may give your doctor more information:
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