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Back Pain Imaging and Exercise

Spinal imaging shows us much about a Carrolltown back pain and leg pain sufferers’ condition. Imaging must be reviewed carefully, of course, for what it shows as well as the way various imaging methods contrast with others. Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation welcomes all the input from you, the Carrolltown back pain patient, as well as your imaging and examination testing findings to individualize your Carrolltown chiropractic treatment plan for pain relief.


Disc herniation and leg and/or back pain seem to go together, too, but so much more may be incorporated: disc degeneration, ruptured annulus fibrosus, irritated and compressed nerve roots and cauda equina from the herniation itself. A recent study tracked the effects of exercise on a disc herniation’s neuromechanical compression, its inflammatory chemical stimulation, and its autoimmune response. (1) Imaging shows pretty pictures of the disc herniation…that Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation associates with your symptomatology!


Back pain and imaging tend to go together. When someone has back pain, xrays, CTs, and MRIs come to mind. Just what do these show? A study compared images of back pain patients to asymptomatic persons. MR imaging of those with back pain revealed that various measurements differed: anteroposterior diameter measures of the vertebral canal varied, transverse diameter was lesser, and thecal sac area was smaller. (2) Caution is warranted in comparing neuroforaminal measurements from CT scans and plain film as a study found that in patients without back pain plain film measurements were larger compared to those on CT. (3) Another imaging finding your Carrolltown chiropractor is very aware of is termed Modic change. It’s another imaging finding that is quite revealing in that Modic change (mainly type II) is associated with abdominal aortic calcification by way of a lower blood supply or even poorer systemic vascularization owing to atherosclerotic disease. (4) It’s another insight we can use 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 not see! Another good reason to start a good spinal exercise program!


Exercise may be quite valuable in dealing with the lumbar disc herniation which is why Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation incorporates some simple lumbar spine exercises to begin on day one. We inspire our back pain patients to continue performing these simple 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 Carrolltown chiropractic appointment soon to visit us! Whether you have spinal imaging already or need it, your Carrolltown chiropractor can assist in making sense of its relevance in your path to back pain relief.

Back Pain Imaging and Exercise 
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