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mri showing a slipped disc


This scan shows older discs that are less well hydrated and thus appear black. The highlighted area shows that a disc has herniated or slipped into the spinal canal. This is likely to be associated with a great deal of pain in the back and leg

Before and after a discectomy


Pic1 above shows a patient with a slipped disc between L4 and L5,  The obvious disc bulge is putting pressure on the L5 nerve root, Pic2 shows the appearance a year after the patient underwent a discectomy to remove the disc herniation.


A further example of a slipped disc. The picture on the left shows the disc bulging towards the spinal canal. The two smaller pics are cross sections through the disc bulge and then through a normal part of the back


In the example above, a contained disc herniation has burst causing further pain.

The disc herniation shown on the left has spontaneously resolved without surgical treatment..see also the picture below

Above, another example of a disc herniation (left pic) that has spontaneously resolved (right pic) without the need for surgical intervention

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Another similar example of a disc herniation (left) that has resolved spontaneously (right)

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