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Hello. Thanks for writing in. My name is***** and I would be happy to help you. The MRI would just confirm a herniated disk or something else impinging on the spinal cord. You cannot see a herniated disk on an x-ray. You may see signs of it, such as other calcified disks or a narrow disk space. Really, a neurologist wouldn't consider surgery for a herniated disk, unless Buster starts to lack the ability to move his rear limbs. Otherwise, conservative treatment with strict rest and pain/anti-inflammatory therapy would be recommended. Sometimes adding a muscle relaxer or gabapentin can help with further pain control. If not improving with conservative treatment, then an MRI might be a good idea to rule out other potential causes of spinal cord impingement. It could be a tumor (although less likely with his young age) or even a unstable vertebrae. They may need to be rested for a few weeks in order to recover, so it may take time. I hope this is the information you are looking for. If not, please let me know.
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