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Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. Questions The Curiosity of MRIs

MRI. What does it do for Auburn back pain and related leg pain? That’s a intriguing question. Diagnosing Auburn lumbar spinal stenosis doesn’t always require an MRI for a definitive diagnosis. MRI images can be enlightening…and calling for clinical tests to ascertain what those images really mean. An MRI is a recognized procedure to many Auburn chiropractic patients seeking Auburn back pain relief, but the MRI’s timing and results require careful consideration as to when they’re taken and what they really imply for the chiropractic treatment of spinal stenosis at Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C..


Spinal stenosis is a common condition and the most common indicator for spinal back surgery in the over-65 age set of people. With the growth of this group, by 2025 59% of them are predicted to have spinal stenosis. (1) Often your Auburn chiropractor can identify spinal stenosis with just a few questions and physical examination answers without an MRI. Your Auburn chiropractor may use the MRI as a confirming exam of the Auburn chiropractic clinical examination diagnosis already made just by examining you.


In the event of a disc extrusion triggering spinal stenosis where the Auburn herniated disc leaks out of its outer bands and oozes into the spinal canal physically constricting and chemically irritating the spinal nerve, an MRI revealing this often bodes well for the MRI’s owner. At one year later, whether treated with surgery or without, the back-related leg pain patient had less leg pain. In this case an MRI doesn’t help much in influencing which patient would do better with quicker surgery or lengthy conservative care. (2) And the healing of these Auburn spinal stenosis related extrusions takes time and good, guided care like that from Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C..


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 specifically). (3) Understand too that what a surgeon spots on MRI affects how he or she handles the spinal back surgery for stenosis. He/She studies the extent 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 Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. also are more adept at recognizing Auburn spinal stenosis as the diagnosis.


Treat it actively. Don’t rely on passive care like bed rest. That’s old school care. Give it time. Take part in the active, conservative care your Auburn 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) Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. utilizes the Cox Technic System of Spine Pain Management for Auburn 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 becomes necessary.

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

Auburn MRIs for spinal stenosis may be revealing…or confusing. 
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