Apple Country Chiropractic Calmly Considers MRIs Modic Changes

“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.


“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.


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 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!

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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 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!

Apple Country 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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