“Your MRI shows some Modic changes.” Palmer Chiropractic Center says “Do not panic too
much.” Our Lynchburg back pain and neck pain patients have
good company concerning MRI reports reporting Modic changes. The research is evolving
about just what MRI-documented Modic changes mean
for a patient..and what they don’t mean. Palmer Chiropractic Center creates some perspective about these usual MRI findings.
WHAT ARE MODIC CHANGES?
“Modic changes” is a phrase used
to explain the degenerative changes to the vertebral endplates. Modic type I changes are basically considered
to be bone marrow edema and inflammation signifying
acute degenerative changes. Modic type
II changes signify fatty degeneration of the bone marrow. Modic
III changes describe the replacement of bone with bony
sclerosis with little bone marrow remaining. (1) Palmer Chiropractic Center
likes the opportunity to take care of
a painful back as early in this flow of change as possible. Palmer Chiropractic Center 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 come with disc degeneration.
Greater Modic changes were tied to higher 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 looked to have slight
effects, if any, on the development of Modic changes in the lumbar spine. (3) Clearly,
Palmer Chiropractic Center urges proper lifestyle choices for optimal health!
WHAT MODIC CHANGES SUGGEST ABOUT RECOVERY?
What is unclear is the research regarding just
what Modic changes imply for back pain
patients. Recent research demonstrated that Modic
changes were not found to be negatively associated
with long-term pain, disability, or sick leave. The study reported
that low back pain patients with Modic changes had much
less disability and sick-leave at long-term follow-up. (4) This is hopeful
info to our Lynchburg chiropractic back pain patients!
CONTACT Palmer Chiropractic Center
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 Lynchburg chiropractic appointment now.
Bring any MRIs with you. Together, Palmer Chiropractic Center and you will study them for information and develop a treatment plan for
Lynchburg back pain relief that will prevent us both from panicking!