Palmer Chiropractic Center Calmly Considers MRIs Modic Changes

“Your MRI shows some Modic changes.” Palmer Chiropractic Center says “Do not fret 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.


“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 left. (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.


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 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!

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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 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!

Palmer Chiropractic Center 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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