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Most Chiropractic Clinic Questions The Curiosity of MRIs

MRI. What does it do for Murfreesboro back pain and related leg pain? That’s a curious question. Diagnosing Murfreesboro lumbar spinal stenosis doesn’t always require an MRI for a clear diagnosis. MRI images can be informative…and demanding of clinical tests to determine what those images really suggest. An MRI is a familiar procedure to a lot of Murfreesboro chiropractic patients wanting Murfreesboro back pain relief, but the MRI’s timing and results need cautious thought as to when they are ordered and what they really mean for the chiropractic care of spinal stenosis at Most Chiropractic Clinic.


Spinal stenosis is a common condition and the most common sign for spinal back surgery in the over-65 age group. With the growth of this group, by 2025 59% of them are expected to have spinal stenosis. (1) Often your Murfreesboro chiropractor can diagnose spinal stenosis with just a few questions and physical examination findings without an MRI. Your Murfreesboro chiropractor may use the MRI as a confirming trial of the Murfreesboro chiropractic clinical examination diagnosis previously made just by examining you.


In the case of a disc extrusion triggering spinal stenosis where the Murfreesboro herniated disc leaks out of its outer bands and oozes into the spinal canal physically constricting and chemically inflaming the spinal nerve, an MRI showing this often bodes well for the MRI’s owner. At one year later, whether managed surgically or non-surgically, the back-related sciatica 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 long conservative care. (2) And the healing of these Murfreesboro spinal stenosis related extrusions takes time and good, guided care like that from Most Chiropractic Clinic.


Know that as rates for spinal surgery rise – ten times across the US – so too do the rates of advanced spinal imaging. In one study, areas with more MRIs have more spine surgeries (and spinal stenosis surgery exactly). (3) Know too that what a surgeon sees on MRI influences how he or she approaches the spinal back surgery for stenosis. He/She considers the degree and location of nerve compression as well as degenerative changes at adjacent levels. Experienced surgeons reached agreement more with each other’s interpretations of MRI images than less experienced surgeons. (1) Experienced chiropractors like yours at Most Chiropractic Clinic also are more skilled at picking up on Murfreesboro spinal stenosis as the diagnosis.


Treat it actively. Do not depend on passive care like bed rest. That’s old school care. Give it time. Participate in the active, conservative care your Murfreesboro chiropractor shares with you for at least 6-8 weeks to see some change because there’s no clear difference between surgical (though quicker relief may come) and non-surgical care after a year or two. (4) Most Chiropractic Clinic uses the Cox Technic System of Spine Pain Management for Murfreesboro spinal stenosis and back pain relief care. The 50% Rule guides treatment frequency and treatment progress as well as decision-making as to when/if an MRI is necessary (if you’ve not had one taken) or surgical or other care consultation turns out to be necessary.

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

Murfreesboro MRIs for spinal stenosis may be revealing…or puzzling. 
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