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Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation Calmly Considers MRIs Modic Changes

“Your MRI shows some Modic changes.” Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation says “Do not fret too much.” Our Carrolltown 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 suggest for a patient..and what they do not. Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation creates some perspective about these common MRI findings.

WHAT ARE MODIC CHANGES?

“Modic changes” is a phrase used to describe the changes of the spine’s vertebral endplates which are connected to spinal degeneration. Modic type I changes are essentially regarded as bone marrow edema and inflammation signifying acute degenerative changes.  Modic type II changes signify fatty degeneration of the bone marrow. Modic III changes describe the replacement of bone with bony sclerosis with minimal bone marrow remaining. (1) Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation appreciates the opportunity to treat a painful back earlier in this cascade of change whenever possible. Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation 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 strongly related to low back pain. (1) They are age-related degenerative findings that come with disc degeneration. Greater Modic changes were tied to higher 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 looked to have minor effects, if any, on the development of Modic changes in the lumbar spine. (3) Clearly, Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation encourages proper lifestyle choices for overall good health!

WHAT MODIC CHANGES SUGGEST ABOUT RECOVERY?

What is unclear is the research about just what Modic changes imply for back pain patients. New research demonstrated that Modic changes were not understood to be negatively affiliated with long-term pain, disability, or sick leave. The research reported that low back pain patients with Modic changes had significantly less disability and sick-leave at long-term follow-up. (4) This is hopeful info to our Carrolltown 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 detailed his treatment plan with the Cox® Technic System for their back pain relief to his patients so they get it.

Schedule your Carrolltown chiropractic appointment today. Bring your MRIs with you. Together, Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation and you will study them for information and develop a treatment plan for Carrolltown back pain relief that will prevent us both from panicking!

Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation 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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