By now if you have read the first three parts of this post you should have a decent idea of the different ways in which a disc can displace. And if you don't you need to read the first three parts again...don't worry I'm only kidding. But seriously if nothing else you should at least realize that not all herniations are created equal. Take a look at the images below and see if you can match it with the proper diagnosis. Your choices are disc migration with sequestration, disc bulge, broad based herniation, protruded disc or extruded disc.
The answers from left to right are disc bulge, disc extrusion and disc protrusion. If you missed some don't feel too bad because there are some doctors that don't even know the difference. Just for fun (I know I have a odd definition of fun) take a look at the MRI images below. These images are what your radiologist looks at when he writes his report. See if you can follow the reasoning for the diagnosis.
So in this case the MRI report should have this classified has a focal midline disc protrusion. So the next time you have a MRI be sure to ask for a copy and when you get home pop them in your computer and take a look at the images. Then when your chiropractor/medical doctor/neurologist go over the results you can have a better knowledge of what exactly that disc is doing. If you have any questions regarding back pain, sciatic pain or past MRI results or are looking for a chiropractor in Campbell County for other issues, call Alexandria Chiropractic Center at 859-635-6666 and ask to speak with Dr. Crowley.