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Chiropractic Associates Calmly Considers MRIs Modic Changes

“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.


“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 regarded as 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.


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 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!

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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!

Chiropractic Associates sees many back pain and neck pain patients who bring their MRIs with them to the office. Modic changes are often noted.  
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