In some radiology test results for a diagnostic exam such as a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of the lumbar spine (i.e. the lower back), one condition that may be diagnosed and reported on by the radiologist is what is known as disc desiccation.
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What is disc desiccation?
Disc desiccation can be very painful. In short, disc desiccation is fluid loss in the cushion-like discs between vertebrae. According to experts, common symptoms of disc desiccation include:
- Pain caused by movement
- Numbness, tingling, or weakness
- Changes in reflexes
Disc desiccation can also be a result of trauma, such as a traffic accident, slip or fall. Because disc desiccation has a higher chance of developing as we get older, the condition occurs due to trauma usually in the younger adult population.
Disc desiccation symptoms may appear gradually over time or come on suddenly after an accident.
There are may treatment options for disc desiccation, with the first step to see your physician or other medical provider. Therapeutic choices will often depend upon the results of a test such as an MRI study. This type of exam is usually performed without the use of a contrast dye and takes about 30 minutes to complete.
Diagnostic Imaging Services performs common exams on the back and spine at all of our centers in southeast Louisiana.
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