Apple Country Chiropractic Questions The Curiosity of MRIs

MRI. What does it do for Williamson back pain and related leg pain? That’s a peculiar question. Diagnosing Williamson lumbar spinal stenosis does not always need an MRI for a definitive diagnosis. MRI images can be enlightening…and demanding of clinical tests to verify what those images really signify. An MRI is a familiar test to many Williamson chiropractic patients seeking Williamson back pain relief, but the MRI’s timing and results need careful thought as to when they’re ordered and what they really indicate for the chiropractic care of spinal stenosis at Apple Country Chiropractic.


Spinal stenosis is a normal condition and the most common sign for spinal back surgery in the over-65 age set of people. With the growth of this group, by 2025 59% of them are predicted to have spinal stenosis. (1) Often your Williamson chiropractor can identify spinal stenosis with only a few questions and physical examination discoveries without an MRI. Your Williamson chiropractor may order an MRI as a confirming exam of the Williamson chiropractic clinical examination diagnosis previously determined just by seeing you.


In the event of a disc extrusion triggering spinal stenosis where the Williamson herniated disc leaks out of its outer bands and seeps out into the spinal canal physically compressing and chemically irritating the spinal nerve, an MRI revealing this often bodes well for the MRI’s patient. A 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 quicker surgery or lengthy conservative care. (2) And the healing of these Williamson spinal stenosis related extrusions takes time and good, guided care like that from Apple Country Chiropractic.


Understand that as rates for spinal surgery rise – ten times across the US – so too do the rates of advanced spinal imaging. In one study, areas with more MRIs saw more spine surgeries (and spinal stenosis surgery exactly). (3) Understand too that what a surgeon sees on MRI influences how he or she approaches the spinal back surgery for stenosis. He/She considers the degree and location of nerve compression and 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 Apple Country Chiropractic also are more proficient at recognizing Williamson spinal stenosis as the diagnosis.


Treat it actively. Don’t rely on passive care like bed rest. That’s old school care. Give it time. Participate in the active, conservative care your Williamson chiropractor shares with you for at least 6-8 weeks to witness some change because there’s no sure difference between surgical (though quicker relief may come) and non-surgical care after a year or two. (4) Apple Country Chiropractic uses the Cox Technic System of Spine Pain Management for Williamson 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 required (if you’ve not had one done) or surgical or other care consultation becomes necessary.

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

Williamson MRIs for spinal stenosis may be revealing…or puzzling. 
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