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Back Pain Imaging and Exercise

Spinal imaging reveals much about a Tonawanda back pain and leg pain sufferers’ condition. Imaging must be reviewed carefully, of course, for what it reveals in addition to how various imaging methods compare to others. Chiropractic Spine Sports And Rehabilitation welcomes all the input you can bring with you, the Tonawanda back pain patient, as well as your imaging and examination testing findings to personalize your Tonawanda chiropractic treatment plan for pain relief.


Disc herniation and leg and/or back pain seem to come together, too, but so much more may be involved: disc degeneration, annulus fibrosus rupture, irritated and compressed nerve roots and cauda equina from the herniation itself. A newer study traced the effects of exercise on a disc herniation’s neuromechanical compression, its inflammatory chemical stimulation, and its autoimmune response. (1) Imaging demonstrates nice pictures of the disc herniation…that Chiropractic Spine Sports And Rehabilitation correlates with your symptomatology!


Back pain and imaging tend to go together. When someone experiences back pain, xrays, MRIs, and CTs come to mind. Just what do these show? A study analyzed images of back pain patients to asymptomatic persons. MR imaging of those with back pain showed that various measurements differed: anteroposterior diameter measures of the vertebral canal varied, transverse diameter was smaller, and thecal sac area was smaller. (2) Caution is warranted in comparing neuroforaminal measurements from CT scans and plain film as a study found that in patients without back pain plain film measurements were larger compared to those on CT. (3) Another imaging finding your Tonawanda chiropractor is quite aware of is termed Modic change. It’s another imaging finding that is very revealing in that Modic change (mainly type II) is associated with abdominal aortic calcification via a lower blood supply or even poorer systemic vascularization due to atherosclerotic disease. (4) It’s another insight we can use to determine what’s going on in your spine. Finally, a spinal imaging finding that is quite usual in back pain patients is fatty infiltration of the paraspinal muscles, more so in patients with degenerative lumbar spondylolisthesis. (5) We look for that on MRI images though it’s hard to not see! Another good reason to start a good spinal exercise program!


Exercise may be quite valuable in managing the lumbar disc herniation which is why Chiropractic Spine Sports And Rehabilitation incorporates some simple lumbar spine exercises to begin on day one. We inspire our back pain patients to continue performing these easy exercises and are happy to back anyone who wants to do more...after we talk!

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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Lee Hazen  on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he illustrates a case of degenerative spondylolisthesis that responded well to treatment with The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.

Make your Tonawanda chiropractic appointment now to see us! Whether you have spinal imaging already or need it, your Tonawanda chiropractor can assist in making sense of its significance to your journey to back pain relief.

Back Pain Imaging and Exercise 
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