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Wilson Family Chiropractic Calmly Considers MRIs Modic Changes

“Your MRI shows some Modic changes.” Wilson Family Chiropractic says “Do not fret 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 puts perspective around these common MRI findings.

WHAT ARE MODIC CHANGES?

“Modic changes” is a phrase 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 good health!

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.

Schedule your Millville chiropractic appointment now. 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!

Wilson Family Chiropractic 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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