Layden Chiropractic Questions The Curiosity of MRIs

MRI. What does it do for Plainville back pain and related leg pain? That is a curious question. Diagnosing Plainville lumbar spinal stenosis doesn’t always need an MRI for a definitive diagnosis. MRI images can be enlightening…and calling for clinical tests to determine what those images really signify. An MRI is a recognized procedure to a lot of Plainville chiropractic patients wanting Plainville back pain relief, but the MRI’s timing and outcomes require cautious thought as to when they are taken and what they really mean for the chiropractic care of spinal stenosis at Layden Chiropractic.


Spinal stenosis is a normal condition and the most usual sign for spinal back surgery in the over-65 age set of people. With the expansion of this group, by 2025 59% of them are predicted to have spinal stenosis. (1) Often your Plainville chiropractor can identify spinal stenosis with only a few questions and physical examination results with no an MRI. Your Plainville chiropractor may order an MRI as a confirming exam of the Plainville chiropractic clinical examination diagnosis already made just by examining you.


In the case of a disc extrusion triggering spinal stenosis where the Plainville herniated disc escapes its outer bands and oozes into the spinal canal physically constricting and chemically irritating the spinal nerve, an MRI showing this many times bodes well for the MRI’s patient. At one year later, whether treated surgically or non-surgically, the back-related leg pain patient had less leg pain. In this case an MRI doesn’t help much in determining which patient would do better with early surgery or lengthy conservative care. (2) And the healing of these Plainville spinal stenosis related extrusions takes time and good, guided care like that from Layden Chiropractic.


Know that as rates for spinal surgery rise – ten times across the US – so too do the rates of advanced spinal imaging. In a study, cities with more MRIs saw more spine surgeries (and spinal stenosis surgery exactly). (3) Understand too that what a surgeon notices on MRI influences how he or she manages the spinal back surgery for stenosis. He/She considers the degree and location of nerve compression as well as degenerative changes at adjacent levels. Experienced surgeons agreed more with each other’s interpretations of MRI images than less experienced surgeons. (1) Experienced chiropractors like yours at Layden Chiropractic also are more adept at picking up on Plainville spinal stenosis as the diagnosis.


Treat it actively. Do not depend on passive care like bed rest. That’s old school care. Give it time. Participate in the active, conservative care your Plainville chiropractor shares with you for at least 6-8 weeks to see some change because there is no sure difference between surgical (though quicker relief may come) and non-surgical care after a year or two. (4) Layden Chiropractic uses the Cox Technic System of Spine Pain Management for Plainville spinal stenosis and back pain relief care. The 50% Rule guides treatment frequency and treatment progress and decision-making as to when/if an MRI is necessary (if you have not had one done) or surgical or other care consultation turns out to be necessary.

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

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