“Your MRI shows some Modic changes.” New Roads Chiropractic Center says “Do not fret too
much.” Our New Roads back pain and neck pain patients are in
good company concerning MRI reports reporting Modic changes. The research is developing
about just what MRI-documented Modic changes mean
for a patient..and what they don’t mean. New Roads Chiropractic Center puts perspective
around these usual MRI findings.
WHAT ARE MODIC CHANGES?
“Modic changes” is a term used to describe the changes of
the spine’s vertebral endplates which are linked to
spinal degeneration. Modic type I changes are basically considered
to be 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 minimal bone marrow left. (1) New Roads Chiropractic Center
appreciates the opportunity to treat
a painful back earlier in this
cascade of change whenever possible. New Roads Chiropractic Center treats disc degeneration and spinal degenerative changes.
WHAT MODIC CHANGES TELL ABOUT THE SPINE?
Modic changes are frequent findings on
MRI. Modic changes on MRI are seen 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 tied to greater 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,
New Roads Chiropractic Center encourages proper lifestyle choices for overall
WHAT MODIC CHANGES REVEAL ABOUT RECOVERY?
What is unclear is the research about just
what Modic changes suggest about back pain
patients. Recent research showed that Modic
changes were not understood to be negatively associated
with long-term pain, disability, or sick leave. The study reported
that low back pain patients with Modic changes had significantly
less disability and sick-leave at long-term follow-up. (4) This is encouraging
news to our New Roads chiropractic back pain patients!
CONTACT New Roads Chiropractic Center
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 New Roads chiropractic appointment today.
Bring your MRIs with you. Together, New Roads Chiropractic Center and you will look
at them for information and create a treatment plan for
New Roads back pain relief that will prevent us both from panicking!