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.