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Back Pain Imaging and Exercise

Spinal imaging shows us much about a Millville back pain and leg pain sufferers’ condition. Imaging must be reviewed carefully, of course, for what it shows in addition to the way various imaging methods contrast with others. Wilson Family Chiropractic appreciates all the input you can bring with you, the Millville back pain patient, as well as your imaging and examination testing findings to personalize your Millville chiropractic treatment plan for pain relief.


Disc herniation and leg and/or back pain tend to go together, too, but so much more may be incorporated: degenerative disc disease, annulus fibrosus rupture, irritated and compressed nerve roots and cauda equina from the herniation itself. A recent study traced the effects of exercise on a disc herniation’s neuromechanical compression, its inflammatory chemical stimulation, and its autoimmune response. (1) Imaging visualizes nice pictures of the disc herniation…that Wilson Family Chiropractic links with your symptoms!


Back pain and imaging tend to go together. When someone has back pain, xrays, MRIs, and CTs come to mind. Just what do these display? A study compared images of back pain patients to asymptomatic persons. MR imaging of those with back pain revealed that a variety of measurements differed: anteroposterior diameter measures of the vertebral canal varied, transverse diameter was lesser, and thecal sac area was less. (2) Caution is warranted in comparing neuroforaminal measurements from CT scans and plain film as a study found that in patients who didn’t have back pain plain film measurements were bigger compared to those on CT. (3) Another imaging finding your Millville chiropractor is very aware of is termed Modic change. It’s another imaging finding that is very revealing in that Modic change (mainly type II) is linked with abdominal aortic calcification via a lower blood supply or even poorer systemic vascularization due to atherosclerotic disease. (4) It’s another insight we can utilize to determine what is going on in your spine. Finally, a spinal imaging finding that is quite common in back pain patients is fatty infiltration of the paraspinal muscles, more so in patients with degenerative lumbar spondylolisthesis. (5) We look for that on MRI images though it’s hard to miss! Another good reason to begin a good spinal exercise program!


Exercise may be quite valuable in managing the lumbar disc herniation which is why Wilson Family Chiropractic incorporates some simple lumbar spine exercises to start on day one. We inspire our back pain patients to keep doing these easy exercises and are happy to back anyone who wants to do more...after we talk!

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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Lee Hazen  on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes a case of degenerative spondylolisthesis that reacted well to treatment with The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.

Make your Millville chiropractic appointment soon to see us! Whether you have spinal imaging currently or need it, your Millville chiropractor can assist in making sense of its significance to your journey to back pain relief.

Back Pain Imaging and Exercise 
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