“There are some Modic changes
on your MRI report.” Apple Country Chiropractic says “Don’t fret too
much.” Our Williamson back pain and neck pain patients have
good company when it comes to MRI reports revealing Modic changes. The research is developing
about just what Modic changes on MRI suggest
for a patient..and what they do not. Apple Country Chiropractic puts perspective
around these usual MRI findings.
WHAT ARE MODIC CHANGES?
“Modic changes” is a phrase used
to explain the changes of
the spine’s vertebral endplates which are connected to
spinal degeneration. 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 signify the replacement of bone with bony
sclerosis with minimal bone marrow left. (1) Apple Country Chiropractic
likes the opportunity to treat
a painful back as early in this flow of change as possible. Apple Country Chiropractic treats disc degeneration and spinal degenerative changes.
WHAT MODIC CHANGES REVEAL ABOUT THE SPINE?
Modic changes are frequent 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 seemed to have slight
effects, if any, on the development of Modic changes in the lumbar spine. (3) Clearly,
Apple Country Chiropractic encourages proper lifestyle choices for optimal health!
WHAT MODIC CHANGES REVEAL ABOUT RECOVERY?
What is unclear is the research regarding just
what Modic changes connote for back pain
patients. New research showed that Modic
changes were not understood to be negatively affiliated
with long-term pain, disability, or sick leave. The study reported
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 Williamson chiropractic back pain patients!
CONTACT Apple Country 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 understand.
Schedule your Williamson chiropractic appointment today.
Bring your MRIs with you. Together, Apple Country Chiropractic and you will look
at them for information and develop a treatment plan for
Williamson back pain relief that will prevent us both from panicking!