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New Roads Chiropractic Center Calmly Considers MRIs Modic Changes

“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.


“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.


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 good health!


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!

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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 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!

New Roads Chiropractic Center 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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