To determine whether you have DISH, your doctor may begin with a physical examination of your spine and joints. He or she will press lightly on your spine and joints to feel for abnormalities. Pain from the pressure on your spine may be a clue to the diagnosis. DISH may cause pain at the point where the affected tendon or ligament attaches to a bone.
Your doctor also will order imaging tests to help with the diagnosis. Tests that may be used include X-rays, CT scans or MRIs.
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