The gold standard for Work-Related Cervical or Neck Injury Diagnosis is the MRI. Magnetic waves to create pictures of the cervical spine in slices. The MRI scan shows the cervical spine bones, as well as the soft tissue structures such as the discs, joints, and nerves. MRI scans are painless and don't require needles or dye.
Can MRI results predict surgery success? Workers' compensation employees with an injured neck or low back may have a cervical or lumbar MRI documenting a bulging or herniated disc. The herniated disc causes a pinched nerve resulting in radicular pain down the arm or leg. Surgery may be recommended. Unfortunately there is no correlation between pre-surgical MRI results and post-surgery recovery.