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Tarrytown Chiropractic Calmly Considers MRIs Modic Changes

“Your MRI shows some Modic changes.” Tarrytown Chiropractic says “Do not fret too much.” Our Tarrytown back pain and neck pain patients have good company when it comes to MRI reports talking about Modic changes. The research is evolving about just what MRI-documented Modic changes suggest for a patient..and what they do not. Tarrytown Chiropractic creates some perspective about these common MRI findings.

WHAT ARE MODIC CHANGES?

“Modic changes” is a term used to describe the degenerative changes to the vertebral endplates. Modic type I changes are basically considered to be bone marrow edema and inflammation indicating acute degenerative changes.  Modic type II changes signify fatty degeneration of the bone marrow. Modic III changes are the replacement of bone with bony sclerosis with minimal bone marrow left. (1) Tarrytown Chiropractic likes the chance to treat a painful back earlier in this cascade of change whenever possible. Tarrytown Chiropractic 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 greater age, higher body mass index, and adjacent disc degeneration. (2) Lifestyle and occupational factors like cigarette smoking, regular exercise, and nonappearance of daily vehicle vibration looked to have minor effects, if any, on the development of Modic changes in the lumbar spine. (3) Clearly, Tarrytown Chiropractic urges proper lifestyle choices for overall good health!

WHAT MODIC CHANGES SUGGEST ABOUT RECOVERY?

What is unclear is the research regarding just what Modic changes imply for back pain patients. Recent research demonstrated that Modic changes were not found to be negatively affiliated with long-term pain, disability, or sick leave. The research reported that low back pain patients who had Modic changes had significantly less disability and sick-leave at long-term follow-up. (4) This is encouraging info to our Tarrytown 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 Tarrytown chiropractic appointment now. Bring your MRIs with you. Together, Tarrytown Chiropractic and you will look at them for information and create a treatment plan for Tarrytown back pain relief that will prevent us both from panicking!

Tarrytown Chiropractic sees many back pain and neck pain patients who bring their MRIs with them to the office. Modic changes are often seen.  
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