MRIs (Magnetic Resonance Imaging), like x-rays, take pictures of the structures and tissues within our bodies. X-rays are well suited to image the dense structures of the body like bones and cartilage; whereas, MRIs are much better suited to image the less dense tissues in our bodies, such as discs, muscles and nerves.
Since disc herniations and several other diseases of the spine are related to soft tissue injuries, MRIs are typically required to determine what the problem is and whether spinal decompression is an option. The MRI below shows a side view of the lower spine, or lumbar region.
The Proof is in the MRI!
Unfortunately, most patients do not have the medical necessity required to have a post-treatment MRI; however, there are a few exceptions. The following pre- and post-treatment MRIs were taken of a patient that went through the spinal decompression program at the Pro-Care Spine Center. This patient suffered from an L5-S1 extruded disc that measured 1 cm, which is considered extreme. Following the spinal decompression program, the MRI showed a mild bulging disc measuring approximately 1 mm.
This patient, like many other patients that follow our spinal decompression program, has been able to return to his normal daily activities. In fact, this particular patient was able to return to his baseball league and is reportedly hitting the ball better than he has for years.