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Wilson Family Chiropractic Questions The Curiosity of MRIs

MRI. What does it mean for Millville back pain and related leg pain? That is a curious question. Diagnosing Millville lumbar spinal stenosis does not always require an MRI for a definitive diagnosis. MRI images can be revealing…and calling for clinical tests to establish what those images really mean. An MRI is a well-known test to a lot of Millville chiropractic patients seeking Millville back pain relief, but the MRI’s arranging and results require careful thought as to when they are taken and what they really imply for the chiropractic care of spinal stenosis at Wilson Family Chiropractic.


Spinal stenosis is a normal condition and the most common indicator for spinal back surgery in the over-65 age group. With the growth of this group, by 2025 59% of them are expected to acquire spinal stenosis. (1) Many times your Millville chiropractor can diagnose spinal stenosis with only a few questions and physical examination discoveries with no an MRI. Your Millville chiropractor may order an MRI as a verifying trial of the Millville chiropractic clinical examination diagnosis already determined just by examining you.


In the case of a disc extrusion causing spinal stenosis where the Millville herniated disc leaks out of its outer bands and oozes 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. At one year later, whether managed surgically or non-surgically, the back-related sciatica patient had less leg pain. In this case an MRI does not help much in determining which patient would do better with quicker surgery or prolonged conservative care. (2) And the healing of these Millville spinal stenosis related extrusions takes time and good, guided care like that from Wilson Family Chiropractic.


Know that as rates for spinal surgery increase – ten times across the US – so too do the rates of advanced spinal imaging. In a study, cities with more MRIs have more spine surgeries (and spinal stenosis surgery specifically). (3) Understand too that what a surgeon sees on MRI affects how he or she handles the spinal back surgery for stenosis. He/She considers the extent and location of nerve compression and degenerative changes at adjacent levels. Experienced surgeons reached agreement more with each other’s interpretations of MRI images than less experienced surgeons. (1) Experienced chiropractors like yours at Wilson Family Chiropractic also are more adept at recognizing Millville spinal stenosis as the diagnosis.


Treat it actively. Don’t depend on passive care like bed rest. That’s old school care. Give it time. Take part in the active, conservative care your Millville chiropractor shares with you for at least 6-8 weeks to see some change because there’s no clear difference between surgical (though faster relief may come) and non-surgical care after a year or two. (4) Wilson Family Chiropractic utilizes the Cox Technic System of Spine Pain Management for Millville 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 have not had one done) or surgical or other care consultation becomes necessary.

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

Millville MRIs for spinal stenosis may be revealing…or confusing. 
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