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Manahawkin Chiropractic Center Questions The Curiosity of MRIs

MRI. What does it mean for Manahawkin back pain and related leg pain? That is a curious question. Diagnosing Manahawkin lumbar spinal stenosis doesn’t always need an MRI for a clear diagnosis. MRI images can be revealing…and demanding of clinical tests to ascertain what those images really suggest. An MRI is a well-known procedure to a lot of Manahawkin chiropractic patients wanting Manahawkin back pain relief, but the MRI’s timing and outcomes require careful consideration as to when they’re ordered and what they really imply for the chiropractic care of spinal stenosis at Manahawkin Chiropractic Center.


Spinal stenosis is a common condition and the most common sign for spinal back surgery in the over-65 age group. With the growth of this group, by 2025 59% of them are expected to acquire spinal stenosis. (1) Many times your Manahawkin chiropractor can identify spinal stenosis with just a few questions and physical examination answers with no an MRI. Your Manahawkin chiropractor may use the MRI as a verifying test of the Manahawkin chiropractic clinical examination diagnosis already made just by examining you.


In the case of a disc extrusion causing spinal stenosis where the Manahawkin herniated disc leaks out of its outer bands and oozes into the spinal canal physically compressing and chemically inflaming the spinal nerve, an MRI revealing this many times bodes well for the MRI’s patient. At one year later, whether treated with surgery or without, the back-related sciatica patient had less leg pain. In this case an MRI doesn’t help much in determining which patient would do better with early surgery or lengthy conservative care. (2) And the healing of these Manahawkin spinal stenosis related extrusions takes time and good, guided care like that from Manahawkin Chiropractic Center.


Know that as rates for spinal surgery increase – ten times across the US – so too do the rates of advanced spinal imaging. In a study, cities with more MRIs saw more spine surgeries (and spinal stenosis surgery exactly). (3) Know too that what a surgeon makes out on MRI influences how he or she handles the spinal back surgery for stenosis. He/She considers the degree and location of nerve compression as well as degenerative changes at adjacent levels. Experienced surgeons agreed more with each other’s understandings of MRI images than less experienced surgeons. (1) Experienced chiropractors like yours at Manahawkin Chiropractic Center also are more adept at recognizing Manahawkin spinal stenosis as the diagnosis.


Treat it actively. Do not depend on passive care like bed rest. That’s old school care. Give it time. Participate in the active, conservative care your Manahawkin chiropractor shares with you for at least 6-8 weeks to witness some change because there’s no clear difference between surgical (though faster relief may come) and non-surgical care after a year or two. (4) Manahawkin Chiropractic Center uses the Cox Technic System of Spine Pain Management for Manahawkin 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 Manahawkin chiropractic appointment to see your Manahawkin chiropractic back pain specialist about your Manahawkin back pain and sciatica to take the curiosity out of the question about MRI’s role in your Manahawkin back pain treatment plan. 

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