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Manahawkin Chiropractic Center Calmly Considers MRIs Modic Changes

“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 good health!

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!

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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!

Manahawkin Chiropractic Center sees many back pain and neck pain patients who bring their MRIs with them to the office. Modic changes are often noted.  
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