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New Roads Chiropractic Center Questions The Curiosity of MRIs

MRI. What does it mean for New Roads back pain and related leg pain? That is a intriguing question. Diagnosing New Roads lumbar spinal stenosis does not always need an MRI for a clear diagnosis. MRI images can be revealing…and calling for clinical tests to ascertain what those images really signify. An MRI is a familiar test to a lot of New Roads chiropractic patients seeking New Roads back pain relief, but the MRI’s arranging and outcomes require cautious thought as to when they are taken and what they really mean for the chiropractic care of spinal stenosis at New Roads Chiropractic Center.


Spinal stenosis is a common condition and the most usual sign for spinal back surgery in the over-65 age group. With the expansion of this group, by 2025 59% of them are predicted to acquire spinal stenosis. (1) Often your New Roads chiropractor can diagnose spinal stenosis with just a few questions and physical examination discoveries with no an MRI. Your New Roads chiropractor may order an MRI as a verifying trial of the New Roads chiropractic clinical examination diagnosis previously determined just by examining you.


In the event of a disc extrusion causing spinal stenosis where the New Roads herniated disc escapes its outer bands and seeps out into the spinal canal physically constricting and chemically irritating the spinal nerve, an MRI revealing this often bodes well for the MRI’s patient. At one year later, whether managed with surgery or without, the back-related leg pain patient had less leg pain. In this case an MRI doesn’t help much in determining which patient would do better with early surgery or prolonged conservative care. (2) And the healing of these New Roads spinal stenosis related extrusions takes time and good, guided care like that from New Roads Chiropractic Center.


Understand that as rates for spinal surgery rise – ten times across the US – so too do the rates of advanced spinal imaging. In one study, cities with more MRIs saw more spine surgeries (and spinal stenosis surgery exactly). (3) Understand too that what a surgeon sees on MRI affects how he or she handles the spinal back surgery for stenosis. He/She studies the extent and location of nerve compression and degenerative changes at adjacent levels. Experienced surgeons reached agreement more with each other’s understandings of MRI images than less experienced surgeons. (1) Experienced chiropractors like yours at New Roads Chiropractic Center also are more skilled at picking up on New Roads spinal stenosis as the diagnosis.


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

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

New Roads MRIs for spinal stenosis may be revealing…or puzzling. 
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