Layden Chiropractic Calmly Considers MRIs Modic Changes

“There are some Modic changes on your MRI report.” Layden Chiropractic says “Don’t fret too much.” Our Plainville back pain and neck pain patients are in good company regarding MRI reports reporting Modic changes. The research is developing about just what MRI-documented Modic changes suggest for a patient..and what they don’t mean. Layden Chiropractic creates some perspective about these usual MRI findings.


“Modic changes” is a term used to describe 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 represent fatty degeneration of the bone marrow. Modic III changes signify the replacement of bone with bony sclerosis with minimal bone marrow left. (1) Layden Chiropractic appreciates the opportunity to take care of a painful back earlier in this cascade of change whenever possible. Layden Chiropractic treats disc degeneration and spinal degenerative changes.


Modic changes are familiar findings on MRI. Modic changes on MRI are seen 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 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 minor effects, if any, on the development of Modic changes in the lumbar spine. (3) Clearly, Layden Chiropractic encourages proper lifestyle choices for optimal health!


What is unclear is the research about 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 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 encouraging news to our Plainville 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 Plainville chiropractic appointment now. Bring any MRIs with you. Together, Layden Chiropractic and you will look at them for information and create a treatment plan for Plainville back pain relief that will keep us both from panicking!

Layden 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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