MRI  Evidence

IDD Therapy® for a Herniated Disc

Why MRI’s are used to evaluate skeletal issues

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) provides an image of a slice of the body. This technique is often used to obtain images of the spinal column because it provides excellent representations of soft-tissue in the central nervous and musculoskeletal systems.

Herniated Disc Overview

A Herniated disc is defined as displacement of disc material beyond the normal margins of the intervertebral disc space.

A vertebral disc has a gelatinous, almost toothpaste-like, nucleus pulposus center which is under very high pressure.  The main disc functions are to support the weight of the body and to take on all of the stress from body movement of the lower trunk.

In order to properly function, the nucleus pulpous needs to be strong and well-hydrated so that it can bear the weight of the body. Due to the multiple stresses put on it, the nucleus pulpous it is constantly trying to escape from the confines of the center of the disc.

The Pre-Treatment MRI images below picture the nucleus pulpous “escaping” the center of the disc.  The Post-Treatment images show that IDD Therapy has encouraged the nucleus pulpous, and the disc, to heal.

Additional MRI Images