Moses Chiropractic Calmly Considers MRIs Modic Changes

“There are some Modic changes on your MRI report.” Moses Chiropractic says “Don’t panic too much.” Our West Palm Beach back pain and neck pain patients are in good company concerning MRI reports reporting Modic changes. The research is evolving about just what MRI-documented Modic changes suggest for a patient..and what they do not. Moses Chiropractic puts perspective around these common MRI findings.

WHAT ARE MODIC CHANGES?

“Modic changes” is a term used to describe the degenerative changes to the vertebral endplates. Modic type I changes are essentially regarded as 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 little bone marrow left. (1) Moses Chiropractic appreciates the opportunity to treat a painful back earlier in this cascade of change whenever possible. Moses Chiropractic treats disc degeneration and spinal degenerative changes.

WHAT MODIC CHANGES TELL ABOUT THE SPINE?

Modic changes are frequent findings on MRI. Modic changes on MRI appear in spinal degenerative diseases and are greatly associated with 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 nonappearance of daily vehicle vibration appeared to have minor effects, if any, on the development of Modic changes in the lumbar spine. (3) Clearly, Moses Chiropractic encourages proper lifestyle choices for optimal health!

WHAT MODIC CHANGES REVEAL ABOUT RECOVERY?

What is unclear is the research regarding just what Modic changes suggest about back pain patients. Recent research showed that Modic changes were not found to be negatively affiliated with long-term pain, disability, or sick leave. The study stated that low back pain patients with Modic changes had significantly less disability and sick-leave at long-term follow-up. (4) This is hopeful news to our West Palm Beach 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 detailed his treatment plan with the Cox® Technic System for their back pain relief to his patients so they get it.

Schedule your West Palm Beach chiropractic appointment now. Bring your MRIs with you. Together, Moses Chiropractic and you will look at them for information and create a treatment plan for West Palm Beach back pain relief that will prevent us both from panicking!

Moses Chiropractic sees many back pain and neck pain patients who bring their MRIs with them to the office. Modic changes are often seen.  
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