Disc Herniations on MRI Report

 
 

The above MRI report, which shows a herniated disc, is common in car accident victims suffering from back and neck pain.

The above MRI report, which shows a herniated disc, is common in car accident victims suffering from back and neck pain.

What is an MRI? How does it work? 

An MRI (abbreviated form of Magnetic Resonance Imaging) is a radiological option that utilizes radio waves and magnets to visualize the soft tissue and organs within your body. An MRI is not like an X-ray. X-rays are used primarily to view bones. MRI's are used to view soft tissues, like your spinal discs. Typically, an MRI machine is shaped like a tube. You lie down while the MRI scans your body, capturing images of your organs and tissues.

Do MRI's hurt?

No at all. An MRI is merely a scan of your body's soft tissues. It is no more painful than getting your picture taken. MRI's do require the person to lay still for a prolonged period of time however. If you suffer from claustrophobia, you should locate alternative MRI options. To do this, try googling "stand up MRI" or "open MRI" in your area.

How do I get an MRI done?

You will need to see your doctor and report the pain you are having. If he or she determines you need an MRI, your doctor will write you a prescription. You then will go to a separate MRI imaging center to actually undergo the scan.

How Much do MRI's cost?

MRI's can range from $1,000 to $5,000, depending on your geographic area and the specificity of the scan. Although an MRI is pricey, almost all insurance plans cover MRI's, as they are required diagnostic testing in order to figure out why a patient is in pain.

The above MRI film shows a disc herniation caused by a car crash, along with a healthy disc and some disc degeneration that is common with aging.

The above MRI film shows a disc herniation caused by a car crash, along with a healthy disc and some disc degeneration that is common with aging.

I Have a Disc Herniation on my MRI, Now What?

If you've recently discovered you have a herniated disc (also referred to as a disc protrusion), speak with your doctor immediately. Herniated discs are permanent injuries that cannot be resolved through chiropractic care. If you are not already under the care of a specialist, it might be time for you to see an Orthopedic or Neurosurgeon specialist. This kinds of doctors specialize in spinal disc herniation injuries from car accidents. You should also speak with a car accident disc herniation lawyer about your rights in pursuing compensation for your injury. 

I Have a Disc Herniation on my MRI Following a Car Accident, but I Also Have Disc Degeneration. How Do I Know if the Herniation was Caused by the Car Crash?

We encounter questions like these often. If you are above the age of 25, you likely have some form of disc degeneration or disc desiccation. This means your spinal discs are losing water and hydration. This is part of the normal aging process. If you then experienced a car accident, and felt new (or increased) back/neck pain, and then discovered you have a disc herniation, logic dictates that it is the car accident that caused your pain. To suggest that your disc degeneration magically became symptomatic around the same time as your car accident is ironic, to say the least. As suspicious as this logic is, more often than not, insurance companies attempt to claim all spinal injuries are degenerative and unrelated to the accident. This is why you will likely need a lawyer in your corner.

To speak with a lawyer about your options, call us now at 561-316-7207.

 

 

Do You Have a Disc Herniation on Your MRI from a Recent Car Accident? 

Unfortunately, disc herniation injuries that are viewed on MRI's are common car accident injuries. Oftentimes, an MRI is the deciding factor on whether the car accident injuries are temporary (soft tissue swelling) or permanent (disc herniation). If you recently received the bad news that you have a disc herniation from your car accident, you will need someone to advocate for you. We are car accident lawyers who have handled thousands of auto negligence lawsuits. Do not delay. Speak with our disc herniation car accident lawyer today at 561.316.7207, or fill out the case evaluator form below.

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