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Chiropractic Spine Sports And Rehabilitation Questions The Curiosity of MRIs

MRI. What does it do for Tonawanda back pain and related leg pain? That’s a curious question. Diagnosing Tonawanda lumbar spinal stenosis doesn’t always require an MRI for a definitive diagnosis. MRI images can be revealing…and calling for clinical tests to verify what those images really signify. An MRI is a well-known procedure to many Tonawanda chiropractic patients wanting Tonawanda back pain relief, but the MRI’s arranging and outcomes require careful consideration as to when they are taken and what they really imply for the chiropractic care of spinal stenosis at Chiropractic Spine Sports And Rehabilitation.


Spinal stenosis is a common condition and the most usual indicator for spinal back surgery in the over-65 age set of people. With the expansion of this group, by 2025 59% of them are expected to have spinal stenosis. (1) Many times your Tonawanda chiropractor can identify spinal stenosis with just a few questions and physical examination findings without an MRI. Your Tonawanda chiropractor may use the MRI as a confirming trial of the Tonawanda chiropractic clinical examination diagnosis previously made just by examining you.


In the case of a disc extrusion triggering spinal stenosis where the Tonawanda herniated disc escapes its outer bands and seeps out into the spinal canal physically compressing and chemically irritating the spinal nerve, an MRI showing this many times bodes well for the MRI’s patient. At one year later, whether managed with surgery or without, the back-related sciatica 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 lengthy conservative care. (2) And the healing of these Tonawanda spinal stenosis related extrusions takes time and good, guided care like that from Chiropractic Spine Sports And Rehabilitation.


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, cities with more MRIs have more spine surgeries (and spinal stenosis surgery specifically). (3) Understand too that what a surgeon notices on MRI influences how he or she approaches the spinal back surgery for stenosis. He/She considers the degree and location of nerve compression as well as degenerative changes at adjacent levels. Experienced surgeons agreed more with each other’s interpretations of MRI images than less experienced surgeons. (1) Experienced chiropractors like yours at Chiropractic Spine Sports And Rehabilitation also are more adept at picking up on Tonawanda spinal stenosis as the diagnosis.


Treat it actively. Do not rely on passive care like bed rest. That is old school care. Give it time. Participate in the active, conservative care your Tonawanda chiropractor shares with you for at least 6-8 weeks to see some change because there’s no clear difference between surgical (though quicker relief may come) and non-surgical care after a year or two. (4) Chiropractic Spine Sports And Rehabilitation uses the Cox Technic System of Spine Pain Management for Tonawanda spinal stenosis and back pain relief care. The 50% Rule guides treatment frequency and treatment progress as well as decision-making as to when/if an MRI is necessary (if you’ve not had one done) or surgical or other care consultation turns out to be necessary.

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

Tonawanda MRIs for spinal stenosis may be revealing…or puzzling. 
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