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Is MRI necessary for disk prolapse?

Q: I sustained a back injury while playing a cricket match, which was later diagnosed as a mild disc prolapse. An MRI was not recommended based on the symptoms, however X-rays were taken and were concluded to be normal. I have been advised to take adequate rest as treatment, further I have also attended physiotherapy sessions. My question is will it recur? I would like to resume playing at the earliest.

A:You may have the following conditions: 1. Prolapsed intervertebral disc for which an MRI is useful. It helps to delineate the lesions and treatment can be tailored. In addition, an assessment of your bowling technique is useful as it may help to prevent future recurrences. 2. You may have strained your groin areas. This is common in players who are involved in throwing sports especially involving a run.

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