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Chiropractic Associates Questions The Curiosity of MRIs

MRI. What does it mean for Preston back pain and related leg pain? That’s a intriguing question. Diagnosing Preston lumbar spinal stenosis doesn’t always need an MRI for a clear diagnosis. MRI images can be revealing…and demanding of clinical tests to verify what those images really suggest. An MRI is a recognized test to many Preston chiropractic patients seeking Preston back pain relief, but the MRI’s arranging and results require careful thought as to when they’re ordered and what they really imply for the chiropractic care of spinal stenosis at Chiropractic Associates.


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 acquire spinal stenosis. (1) Often your Preston chiropractor can diagnose spinal stenosis with just a few questions and physical examination answers without an MRI. Your Preston chiropractor may order an MRI as a confirming exam of the Preston chiropractic clinical examination diagnosis already determined just by examining you.


In the event of a disc extrusion triggering spinal stenosis where the Preston herniated disc leaks out of its outer bands and seeps out into the spinal canal physically constricting and chemically irritating the spinal nerve, an MRI revealing this many times bodes well for the MRI’s patient. A year later, whether managed with surgery or without, the back-related sciatica patient had less leg pain. In this case an MRI does not help much in influencing which patient would do better with early surgery or long conservative care. (2) And the healing of these Preston spinal stenosis related extrusions takes time and good, guided care like that from Chiropractic Associates.


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 spots on MRI affects how he or she approaches the spinal back surgery for stenosis. He/She studies the extent and location of nerve compression and degenerative changes at adjacent levels. Experienced surgeons agreed more with each other’s understandings of MRI images than less experienced surgeons. (1) Experienced chiropractors like yours at Chiropractic Associates also are more proficient at recognizing Preston spinal stenosis as the diagnosis.


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

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

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