“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 represent 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
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!
CONTACT Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation
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!