“There are some Modic changes
on your MRI report.” Chiropractic Spine Sports And Rehabilitation says “Don’t fret too
much.” Our Tonawanda back pain and neck pain patients have
good company when it comes to MRI reports reporting Modic changes. The research is evolving
about just what MRI-documented Modic changes suggest
for a patient..and what they don’t mean. Chiropractic Spine Sports And Rehabilitation puts perspective
around these common MRI findings.
WHAT ARE MODIC CHANGES?
“Modic changes” is a term used to describe the degenerative changes to the vertebral endplates. Modic type I changes are essentially considered
to be bone marrow edema and inflammation indicating
acute degenerative changes. Modic type
II changes represent fatty degeneration of the bone marrow. Modic
III changes signify the replacement of bone with bony
sclerosis with minimal bone marrow remaining. (1) Chiropractic Spine Sports And Rehabilitation
likes the opportunity to take care of
a painful back earlier in this
cascade of change whenever possible. Chiropractic Spine Sports And Rehabilitation treats disc degeneration and spinal degenerative changes.
WHAT MODIC CHANGES REVEAL ABOUT THE SPINE?
Modic changes are frequent 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 tied to greater age, higher
body mass index, and adjacent disc degeneration. (2) Lifestyle and occupational
factors like cigarette smoking, regular exercise, and nonappearance
of daily vehicle vibration looked to have minor
effects, if any, on the development of Modic changes in the lumbar spine. (3) Clearly,
Chiropractic Spine Sports And Rehabilitation urges proper lifestyle choices for optimal health!
WHAT MODIC CHANGES SUGGEST ABOUT RECOVERY?
What is unclear is the research about just
what Modic changes imply for back pain
patients. New research demonstrated that Modic
changes were not understood to be negatively associated
with long-term pain, disability, or sick leave. The study reported
that low back pain patients who had Modic changes had much
less disability and sick-leave at long-term follow-up. (4) This is hopeful
news to our Tonawanda chiropractic back pain patients!
CONTACT Chiropractic Spine Sports And Rehabilitation
Listen to this PODCAST
with Dr. Robert Rudy on The
Back Doctors’ Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson who detailed
his treatment plan with the Cox® Technic System
for their back pain relief to his patients so they understand.
Schedule your Tonawanda chiropractic appointment now.
Bring any MRIs with you. Together, Chiropractic Spine Sports And Rehabilitation and you will study them for information and create a treatment plan for
Tonawanda back pain relief that will prevent us both from panicking!