Signs of a Traumatic Brain Injury

scans of the spineYour spinal discs are like little cushions between each vertebra, absorbing shock and enabling flexibility in the spine. Sometimes problems with these discs can arise, resulting in back pain.

Disc Protrusion – A disc protrusion is also known as a bulging disc. Minimal disc bulging is completely normal and usually not a cause for concern. The disc will bulge outward slightly but does not rupture. This only becomes a problem when the bulge pushes on the nerve bundle and causes pain.

Disc Prolapse – A disc prolapse occurs when the disc bulges to the point where only a few fibers are holding the soft jelly-like interior inside of the disc. Further injury can result in a ruptured disc.

Disc Extrusion – A disc extrusion occurs when the nucleus of the disc has escaped but remains connected to the main structure of the disc. This can cause significant pain when the nucleus presses on the nerve bundles in the spine.

Sequestered Disc – A sequestered disc is also known as a herniated disc. This is when parts of the disc, both the exterior and jelly-like interior, have been pushed out of the spine completely. This can be extremely painful and irritate the spinal nerves.

If you are experiencing back pain, visit our imaging center in NJ to investigate the root of your pain. An open MRI may reveal that a problem with your spinal disc may be to blame. Book an appointment with our radiology specialists online or call Middletown Medical Imaging at 732-275-0999.

Signs of a Traumatic Brain Injury

human head and brainMarch is brain injury awareness month, so we would like to take the time to talk about this issue as a way to de-stigmatize brain injuries and empower those living with brain conditions. A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can happen to anyone. Whether it is the result of a car crash or it happens after a particularly forceful blow in a sports game, brain injuries occur quickly, and the effects last a lifetime. With the technology we have today, like our open MRI scanner, we can detect brain injuries before they become life-threatening. Here are a few things to look out for if you suspect that someone you know has suffered a TBI.

Rapid Changes in Mood – Rapid changes in mood or personality after a blow to the head are one of the first signs of a TBI. If they are no longer acting like themselves following an accident, they may be suffering from a brain bleed. Traumatic brain injuries are linked to depression and irritability.

Poor Balance and Motor Skills – The brain is the center of balance and cognitive abilities in your body, so brain damage can alter a person’s sense of balance. If you notice that the person is off balance and exhibiting poorer motor skills following an injury, they could be dealing with a TBI.

Continuous Vomiting or Nausea Following an Injury – Nausea, and vomiting are symptomatic of a TBI and occur almost immediately following the injury. They can also happen afterward if the brain continues to swell.

If someone you know has suffered a blow to the head, it is important to have them seen by a medical professional as soon as possible to minimize any potential damage to their brain. If the TBI is caught early enough, doctors can prevent additional damage from occurring. If you need a scan of your brain done, book online or call Middletown Medical Imaging at 732-275-0999.