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Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville Calmly Considers MRIs Modic Changes

“There are some Modic changes on your MRI report.” Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville says “Don’t panic too much.” Our St. Francisville back pain and neck pain patients have good company concerning MRI reports reporting Modic changes. The research is developing about just what Modic changes on MRI suggest for a patient..and what they do not. Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville puts perspective around these usual MRI findings.

WHAT ARE MODIC CHANGES?

“Modic changes” is a term used to explain the changes of the spine’s vertebral endplates which are connected to spinal degeneration. Modic type I changes are essentially regarded as bone marrow edema and inflammation signifying acute degenerative changes.  Modic type II changes signify fatty degeneration of the bone marrow. Modic III changes signify the replacement of bone with bony sclerosis with minimal bone marrow remaining. (1) Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville likes the opportunity to take care of a painful back as early in this flow of change as possible. Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville treats disc degeneration and spinal degenerative changes.

WHAT MODIC CHANGES REVEAL ABOUT THE SPINE?

Modic changes are familiar findings on MRI. Modic changes on MRI appear in spinal degenerative diseases and are strongly related to low back pain. (1) They are age-related degenerative findings that accompany disc degeneration. Greater Modic changes were linked to higher age, higher body mass index, and adjacent disc degeneration. (2) Lifestyle and occupational factors like cigarette smoking, regular exercise, and absence of daily vehicle vibration looked to have minor effects, if any, on the development of Modic changes in the lumbar spine. (3) Clearly, Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville encourages proper lifestyle choices for optimal health!

WHAT MODIC CHANGES REVEAL ABOUT RECOVERY?

What is unclear is the research about just what Modic changes mean for back pain patients. New research demonstrated that Modic changes were not found to be negatively associated with long-term pain, disability, or sick leave. The research stated that low back pain patients who had Modic changes had significantly less disability and sick-leave at long-term follow-up. (4) This is encouraging info to our St. Francisville chiropractic back pain patients!

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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Robert Rudy on The Back Doctors’ Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson who detailed his Cox® Technic treatment plan for their back pain relief to his patients so they understand.

Schedule your St. Francisville chiropractic appointment today. Bring any MRIs with you. Together, Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville and you will study them for information and create a treatment plan for St. Francisville back pain relief that will prevent us both from panicking!

Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville sees many back pain and neck pain patients who bring their MRIs with them to the office. Modic changes are often seen.  
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