“There are some Modic changes
on your MRI report.” Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. says “Don’t fret too
much.” Our Auburn back pain and neck pain patients have
good company regarding MRI reports reporting Modic changes. The research is evolving
about just what MRI-documented Modic changes suggest
for a patient..and what they don’t mean. Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. puts perspective
around these usual MRI findings.
WHAT ARE MODIC CHANGES?
“Modic changes” is a term used
to explain the degenerative changes to the vertebral endplates. Modic type I changes are essentially regarded as 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 minimal bone marrow remaining. (1) Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C.
likes the chance to treat
a painful back earlier in this
cascade of change whenever possible. Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. treats disc degeneration and spinal degenerative changes.
WHAT MODIC CHANGES REVEAL ABOUT THE SPINE?
Modic changes are familiar findings on
MRI. Modic changes on MRI appear 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 linked 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 seemed to have slight
effects, if any, on the development of Modic changes in the lumbar spine. (3) Clearly,
Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. urges proper lifestyle choices for optimal health!
WHAT MODIC CHANGES REVEAL ABOUT RECOVERY?
What is unclear is the research regarding just
what Modic changes mean 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 stated
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 Auburn 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 Auburn chiropractic appointment today.
Bring any MRIs with you. Together, Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. and you will look
at them for information and create a treatment plan for
Auburn back pain relief that will keep us both from panicking!