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Back Pain Imaging and Exercise

Spinal imaging shows us much about a New Roads back pain and leg pain sufferers’ condition. Imaging must be reviewed carefully, of course, for what it reveals in addition to the way various imaging methods compare to others. New Roads Chiropractic Center appreciates all the input you can bring with you, the New Roads back pain patient, as well as your imaging and exam findings to individualize your New Roads chiropractic treatment plan for pain relief.


Disc herniation and leg and/or back pain seem 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 newer study tracked the effects of exercise on a disc herniation’s neuromechanical compression, its inflammatory chemical stimulation, and its autoimmune response. (1) Imaging shows nice pictures of the disc herniation…that New Roads Chiropractic Center links with your symptomatology!


Back pain and imaging tend to go together. When someone experiences back pain, xrays, CTs, and MRIs come to mind. Just what do these display? A study compared images of symptomatic patients to asymptomatic persons. MR imaging of those with back pain revealed that various measurements were different: anteroposterior diameter dimensions of the vertebral canal varied, transverse diameter was smaller, and thecal sac area was smaller. (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 New Roads 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 by way of a lower blood supply or even poorer systemic vascularization due to atherosclerotic disease. (4) It’s another insight we can use 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 not see! Another good reason to begin a good spinal exercise program!


Exercise may be quite effective in managing the lumbar disc herniation which is why New Roads Chiropractic Center incorporates some simple lumbar spine exercises to start on day one. We encourage our back pain patients to continue performing 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 responded well to treatment with The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.

Schedule your New Roads chiropractic appointment now to see us! Whether you have spinal imaging already or need it, your New Roads chiropractor can assist in making sense of its relevance in your path to back pain relief.

Back Pain Imaging and Exercise 
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