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Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville Questions The Curiosity of MRIs

MRI. What does it do for St. Francisville back pain and related leg pain? That’s a curious question. Diagnosing St. Francisville lumbar spinal stenosis doesn’t always need an MRI for a definitive diagnosis. MRI images can be revealing…and demanding of clinical tests to ascertain what those images really mean. An MRI is a familiar test to many St. Francisville chiropractic patients seeking St. Francisville back pain relief, but the MRI’s timing and results require careful consideration as to when they are ordered and what they really mean for the chiropractic treatment of spinal stenosis at Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville.


Spinal stenosis is a normal condition and the most common sign for spinal back surgery in the over-65 age set of people. With the growth of this group, by 2025 59% of them are predicted to have spinal stenosis. (1) Many times your St. Francisville chiropractor can diagnose spinal stenosis with just a few questions and physical examination results with no an MRI. Your St. Francisville chiropractor may order an MRI as a confirming test of the St. Francisville chiropractic clinical examination diagnosis previously made just by examining you.

WHAT THE St. Francisville MRI SHOWS

In the event of a disc extrusion causing spinal stenosis where the St. Francisville herniated disc escapes its outer bands and oozes into the spinal canal physically compressing and chemically inflaming the spinal nerve, an MRI showing this many times bodes well for the MRI’s owner. A year later, whether managed with surgery or without, the back-related leg pain patient had less leg pain. In this case an MRI doesn’t help much in influencing which patient would do better with quicker surgery or prolonged conservative care. (2) And the healing of these St. Francisville spinal stenosis related extrusions takes time and good, guided care like that from Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville.


Understand that as rates for spinal surgery increase – ten times across the US – so too do the rates of advanced spinal imaging. In one study, areas with more MRIs have more spine surgeries (and spinal stenosis surgery specifically). (3) Understand too that what a surgeon sees on MRI affects how he or she approaches the spinal back surgery for stenosis. He/She studies the extent and location of nerve compression as well as degenerative changes at adjacent levels. Experienced surgeons agreed more with each other’s understandings of MRI images than less experienced surgeons. (1) Experienced chiropractors like yours at Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville also are more proficient at recognizing St. Francisville spinal stenosis as the diagnosis.


Treat it actively. Don’t depend on passive care like bed rest. That is old school care. Give it time. Participate in the active, conservative care your St. Francisville chiropractor shares with you for at least 6-8 weeks to witness some change because there is no sure difference between surgical (though faster relief may come) and non-surgical care after a year or two. (4) Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville uses the Cox Technic System of Spine Pain Management for St. Francisville spinal stenosis and back pain relief care. The 50% Rule guides treatment frequency and treatment progress and decision-making as to when/if an MRI is necessary (if you have not had one taken) or surgical or other care consultation becomes necessary.

CONTACT Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville

Schedule a St. Francisville chiropractic appointment to see your St. Francisville chiropractic back pain specialist about your St. Francisville back pain and sciatica to take the curiosity out of the question about MRI’s role in your St. Francisville back pain treatment plan. 

St. Francisville MRIs for spinal stenosis may be revealing…or puzzling. 
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