“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.
WHAT ARE MODIC CHANGES?
“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.
WHAT MODIC CHANGES TELL ABOUT THE SPINE?
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 MODIC CHANGES REVEAL ABOUT RECOVERY?
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!
CONTACT Layden Chiropractic
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!