“Your MRI shows some Modic changes.” Chiropractic Associates says “Do not fret too
much.” Our Preston back pain and neck pain patients have
good company regarding MRI reports revealing Modic changes. The research is developing
about just what Modic changes on MRI mean
for a patient..and what they do not. Chiropractic Associates puts perspective
around these common MRI findings.
WHAT ARE MODIC CHANGES?
“Modic changes” is a term used to describe the changes of
the spine’s vertebral endplates which are connected to
spinal degeneration. Modic type I changes are essentially considered
to be bone marrow edema and inflammation indicating
acute degenerative changes. Modic type
II changes signify fatty degeneration of the bone marrow. Modic
III changes describe the replacement of bone with bony
sclerosis with little bone marrow remaining. (1) Chiropractic Associates
likes the opportunity to take care of
a painful back as early in this flow of change as possible. Chiropractic Associates treats disc degeneration and spinal degenerative changes.
WHAT MODIC CHANGES TELL ABOUT THE SPINE?
Modic changes are frequent findings on
MRI. Modic changes on MRI are seen in spinal degenerative diseases
and are strongly related to low back pain. (1) They
are age-related degenerative findings that come with 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 seemed to have slight
effects, if any, on the development of Modic changes in the lumbar spine. (3) Clearly,
Chiropractic Associates urges proper lifestyle choices for optimal health!
WHAT MODIC CHANGES SUGGEST ABOUT RECOVERY?
What is unclear is the research regarding just
what Modic changes imply for back pain
patients. Recent research showed that Modic
changes were not understood 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 hopeful
news to our Preston chiropractic back pain patients!
CONTACT Chiropractic Associates
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 Preston chiropractic appointment today.
Bring your MRIs with you. Together, Chiropractic Associates and you will look
at them for information and create a treatment plan for
Preston back pain relief that will keep us both from panicking!