“Your MRI shows some Modic changes.” Manahawkin Chiropractic Center says “Do not panic too
much.” Our Manahawkin back pain and neck pain patients are in
good company when it comes to MRI reports revealing Modic changes. The research is developing
about just what Modic changes on MRI mean
for a patient..and what they don’t mean. Manahawkin Chiropractic Center puts perspective
around these common 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) Manahawkin Chiropractic Center
likes the opportunity to take care of
a painful back as early in this flow of change as possible. Manahawkin Chiropractic Center treats disc degeneration and spinal degenerative changes.
WHAT MODIC CHANGES TELL ABOUT THE SPINE?
Modic changes are common findings on
MRI. Modic changes on MRI appear in spinal degenerative diseases
and are greatly associated with low back pain. (1) They
are age-related degenerative findings that come with disc degeneration.
Greater Modic changes were tied to greater age, higher
body mass index, and adjacent disc degeneration. (2) Lifestyle and occupational
factors like cigarette smoking, regular exercise, and absence
of daily vehicle vibration seemed to have slight
effects, if any, on the development of Modic changes in the lumbar spine. (3) Clearly,
Manahawkin Chiropractic Center encourages proper lifestyle choices for overall
WHAT MODIC CHANGES SUGGEST ABOUT RECOVERY?
What is unclear is the research regarding just
what Modic changes mean for back pain
patients. New research demonstrated that Modic
changes were not found to be negatively associated
with long-term pain, disability, or sick leave. The research stated
that low back pain patients who had Modic changes had much
less disability and sick-leave at long-term follow-up. (4) This is encouraging
news to our Manahawkin chiropractic back pain patients!
CONTACT Manahawkin Chiropractic Center
Listen to this PODCAST
with Dr. Robert Rudy on The
Back Doctors’ Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson who described
his Cox® Technic treatment plan
for their back pain relief to his patients so they get it.
Schedule your Manahawkin chiropractic appointment now.
Bring any MRIs with you. Together, Manahawkin Chiropractic Center and you will study them for information and create a treatment plan for
Manahawkin back pain relief that will keep us both from panicking!