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    Can MRI find a healed herniated disc or slipped disc?

Hello, I was in a wreck in September. I was rear ended at about 60 mph. I m still having lots of back pain, especially after therapy. My pain doctor wants me to get an MRI. My question is will an MRI still find a healed herniated disc or slipped disc?
Thu, 12 Dec 2019
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Neurologist 's  Response
Hello,

A herniated or ruptured disc does not usually heal given the poor vascular supply to cartilage - this is similar to the menisci in knees that do not heal when they tear. So, yes the MRI would be able to still see it.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Regards,
Dr. Janne Nissinen, Neurologist
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