“There are some Modic changes
on your MRI report.” Most Chiropractic Clinic says “Don’t panic too
much.” Our Murfreesboro back pain and neck pain patients have
good company regarding MRI reports revealing Modic changes. The research is evolving
about just what Modic changes on MRI mean
for a patient..and what they don’t mean. Most Chiropractic Clinic creates some perspective about these common 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 basically regarded as bone marrow edema and inflammation signifying
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 minimal bone marrow left. (1) Most Chiropractic Clinic
appreciates the chance to treat
a painful back as early in this flow of change as possible. Most Chiropractic Clinic treats disc degeneration and spinal degenerative changes.
WHAT MODIC CHANGES TELL ABOUT THE SPINE?
Modic changes are familiar 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 accompany 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 absence
of daily vehicle vibration looked to have minor
effects, if any, on the development of Modic changes in the lumbar spine. (3) Clearly,
Most Chiropractic Clinic encourages proper lifestyle choices for overall
WHAT MODIC CHANGES SUGGEST ABOUT RECOVERY?
What is unclear is the research regarding just
what Modic changes connote for back pain
patients. Recent research showed that Modic
changes were not found to be negatively associated
with long-term pain, disability, or sick leave. The research reported
that low back pain patients with Modic changes had significantly
less disability and sick-leave at long-term follow-up. (4) This is hopeful
info to our Murfreesboro chiropractic back pain patients!
CONTACT Most Chiropractic Clinic
Listen to this PODCAST
with Dr. Robert Rudy on The
Back Doctors’ Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson who detailed
his treatment plan with the Cox® Technic System
for their back pain relief to his patients so they understand.
Schedule your Murfreesboro chiropractic appointment now.
Bring any MRIs with you. Together, Most Chiropractic Clinic and you will look
at them for information and create a treatment plan for
Murfreesboro back pain relief that will prevent us both from panicking!