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Back Pain Imaging and Exercise

Spinal imaging shows us much about a Manahawkin back pain and leg pain sufferers’ condition. Imaging must be carefully considered, of course, for what it reveals in addition to the way various imaging methods compare to others. Manahawkin Chiropractic Center welcomes all the input from you, the Manahawkin back pain patient, as well as your imaging and exam findings to individualize your Manahawkin chiropractic treatment plan for pain relief.


Disc herniation and leg and/or back pain seem to come together, too, but so much more may be involved: degenerative disc disease, ruptured annulus fibrosus, irritated and compressed nerve roots and cauda equina from the herniation itself. A newer study traced the effects of exercise on a disc herniation’s neuromechanical compression, its inflammatory chemical stimulation, and its autoimmune response. (1) Imaging visualizes pretty pictures of the disc herniation…that Manahawkin Chiropractic Center correlates with your symptoms!


Back pain and imaging tend to go together. When someone experiences back pain, xrays, CTs, and MRIs come to mind. Just what do these display? A study compared images of back pain patients to asymptomatic persons. MR imaging of those with back pain showed that a variety of measurements differed: anteroposterior diameter measures of the vertebral canal varied, transverse diameter was smaller, and thecal sac area was less. (2) Caution is necessary to compare neuroforaminal measurements from CT scans and plain film as a study found that in patients who didn’t have back pain plain film measurements were bigger compared to those on CT. (3) Another imaging finding your Manahawkin chiropractor is quite aware of is called Modic change. It’s another imaging finding that is very revealing in that Modic change (mainly type II) is related with abdominal aortic calcification via a lower blood supply or even poorer systemic vascularization because of atherosclerotic disease. (4) It’s another insight we can utilize to determine what’s going on in your spine. Finally, a spinal imaging finding that is quite usual in back pain patients is fatty infiltration of the paraspinal muscles, more so in patients with degenerative lumbar spondylolisthesis. (5) We check the MRI images for that though it’s hard to miss! Another good reason to begin a good spinal exercise program!


Exercise may be quite valuable in dealing with the lumbar disc herniation which is why Manahawkin Chiropractic Center incorporates some simple lumbar spine exercises to start on day one. We inspire our back pain patients to continue performing these easy exercises and are happy to back anyone who wants to do more...after we talk!

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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Lee Hazen  on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he illustrates a case of degenerative spondylolisthesis that reacted well to treatment with The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.

Make your Manahawkin chiropractic appointment today to see us! Whether you have spinal imaging already or need it, your Manahawkin chiropractor can assist in making sense of its relevance in your journey to back pain relief.

Back Pain Imaging and Exercise 
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