Reading Your MRI

January 12th, 2018

After experiencing a personal injury, it’s important to follow up with a doctor immediately after. During your visit and depending on the injury sustained, your doctor might take a MRI. Upon receiving your MRI results, your doctor will most likely throw some medical gibberish at you and expect you to understand what it means. Consequently, in this blog I will help you understand some medical terminology that stems from MRI results, and how you can use those results to determine if you have a personal injury claim.

Medical Terminology

  1. One injury that might exist or become aggravated after a personal injury is a “protrusion”, or more commonly referred to as a “bulging disc”. A protrusion is a common form of spinal disc deterioration that can cause neck and back pain. A protrusion occurs when soft tissue slips and causes a disc to move. The disc will not be completely dislodged, but it will swell and bulge. If your MRI result shows a protrusion, know that you need the proper medical treatment available to you.
  2. Another common result of a personal injury is a “disc extrusion”. This is when the nucleus material of a disc pushes out into the spinal column and potentially compresses a nerve, which can cause neck and back pain. Simply put, a disc has popped through the ligament and if the ligament was to give way, you can be in serious trouble and pain.
  3. Another injury that can be aggravated as a result of a personal injury is a “degenerative disc”. When a disc loses water content because of disease or age, the disc also loses its height, which brings the vertebrae closer together. As a result, your spine will become more narrow and your disc won’t absorb the shock as well when walking, running, or jumping. A degenerative disc can stem from an injury to the back, so it’s important to look for this after a motor vehicle accident or a slip and fall.

Therefore, after you suffer a personal injury as a result of someone else’s negligence, it’s important to pay attention to your MRI results. Your results can help start a personal injury claim against the at-fault party, as well as help your lawyer create the best case for you.

 

Contact Us Today

At the Bottaro Law Firm we see client’s everyday who suffer from aggravated neck and back injuries as a result of a motor vehicle accident or slip and fall. If you suffered a personal injury and have seen a doctor who has informed you of the above injuries, contact us today so we can discuss your potential claim. Contact us today at 401-777-7777.