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 dessication.

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What is disc dessication?

Fluid loss in the cushion-like discs between vertebrae

Disc dessication can be very painful. In short, disc dessication is fluid loss in the cushion-like discs between vertebrae. According to experts, common symptoms of disc dessication include:

  • Pain caused by movement
  • Tenderness
  • Numbness, tingling, or weakness
  • Changes in reflexes

Disc dessication can also be a result of trauma, such as a traffic accident, slip or fall. Because disc dessication has a higher chance of developing as we get older, the condition occurs due to trauma usually in the younger adult population.

Disc dessication symptoms may appear gradually over time or come on suddenly after an accident.

There are may treatment options for disc dessication, 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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