“Your MRI shows some Modic changes.” Wilson Family Chiropractic says “Do not panic too
much.” Our Millville back pain and neck pain patients are in
good company when it comes to MRI reports talking
about Modic changes. The research is evolving
about just what MRI-documented Modic changes suggest
for a patient..and what they do not. Wilson Family Chiropractic creates some perspective about these common MRI findings.
WHAT ARE MODIC CHANGES?
“Modic changes” is a term used
to explain the changes of
the spine’s vertebral endplates which are connected to
spinal degeneration. Modic type I changes are basically 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 are the replacement of bone with bony
sclerosis with little bone marrow left. (1) Wilson Family Chiropractic
likes the opportunity to take care of
a painful back earlier in this
cascade of change whenever possible. Wilson Family Chiropractic treats disc degeneration and spinal degenerative changes.
WHAT MODIC CHANGES REVEAL ABOUT THE SPINE?
Modic changes are frequent findings on
MRI. Modic changes on MRI are seen in spinal degenerative diseases
and are greatly associated with low back pain. (1) They
are age-related degenerative findings that come with disc degeneration.
Greater Modic changes were tied to higher 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,
Wilson Family Chiropractic urges proper lifestyle choices for overall
WHAT MODIC CHANGES SUGGEST ABOUT RECOVERY?
What is unclear is the research regarding just
what Modic changes connote for back pain
patients. Recent research demonstrated that Modic
changes were not found to be negatively affiliated
with long-term pain, disability, or sick leave. The research reported
that low back pain patients who had Modic changes had significantly
less disability and sick-leave at long-term follow-up. (4) This is encouraging
news to our Millville 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 described
his Cox® Technic treatment plan
for their back pain relief to his patients so they get it.
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Bring your MRIs with you. Together, Wilson Family Chiropractic and you will study them for information and create a treatment plan for
Millville back pain relief that will keep us both from panicking!