Cross Chiropractic Center Calmly Considers MRIs Modic Changes

“Your MRI shows some Modic changes.” Cross Chiropractic Center says “Do not fret too much.” Our Sandy Springs back pain and neck pain patients are in good company when it comes to MRI reports reporting Modic changes. The research is evolving about just what MRI-documented Modic changes mean for a patient..and what they don’t mean. Cross Chiropractic Center puts perspective around these usual MRI findings.

WHAT ARE MODIC CHANGES?

“Modic changes” is a phrase used to describe the degenerative changes to the vertebral endplates. Modic type I changes are essentially considered to be bone marrow edema and inflammation indicating acute degenerative changes.  Modic type II changes represent fatty degeneration of the bone marrow. Modic III changes signify the replacement of bone with bony sclerosis with little bone marrow remaining. (1) Cross Chiropractic Center likes the chance to take care of a painful back as early in this flow of change as possible. Cross Chiropractic Center treats disc degeneration and spinal degenerative changes.

WHAT MODIC CHANGES REVEAL ABOUT THE SPINE?

Modic changes are familiar findings on MRI. Modic changes on MRI appear in spinal degenerative diseases and are strongly related to low back pain. (1) They are age-related degenerative findings that come with disc degeneration. Greater Modic changes were linked 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, Cross Chiropractic Center encourages proper lifestyle choices for overall good health!

WHAT MODIC CHANGES REVEAL ABOUT RECOVERY?

What is unclear is the research about just what Modic changes imply for back pain patients. New research showed that Modic changes were not found to be negatively affiliated with long-term pain, disability, or sick leave. The study reported that low back pain patients with Modic changes had much less disability and sick-leave at long-term follow-up. (4) This is encouraging info to our Sandy Springs 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 understand.

Schedule your Sandy Springs chiropractic appointment today. Bring your MRIs with you. Together, Cross Chiropractic Center and you will look at them for information and develop a treatment plan for Sandy Springs back pain relief that will keep us both from panicking!

Cross Chiropractic Center sees many back pain and neck pain patients who bring their MRIs with them to the office. Modic changes are often seen.  
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