17 Apr HERNIATED DISKS

Unfortunately, healthcare professionals do not agree on a precise definition of any of these terms, and patients may be frustrated when they hear their diagnosis referred to in different terms. The unusually wide range of terms used to describe spinal disc problems (such as ruptured disc, torn disc, slipped disc, collapsed disc, disc protrusion, disc disease, and black disc) can add to the confusion.

Rather than caring about which term is used to describe the disc, it is more useful for patients to gain a clear understanding of the precise medical diagnosis.

The medical diagnosis identifies the actual cause of the patient’s back pain, leg pain and other symptoms.

Medical professionals determine the cause of the patient’s pain through a combination of the following three steps:

  • Review of the patient’s medical history
  • A complete physical exam
  • One or more diagnostic tests (if needed)
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