“There are some Modic changes
on your MRI report.” Tarrytown Chiropractic says “Don’t 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 accompany 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 encourages proper lifestyle choices for overall
WHAT MODIC CHANGES SUGGEST ABOUT RECOVERY?
What is unclear is the research regarding just
what Modic changes imply for back pain
patients. New research demonstrated that Modic
changes were not found to be negatively associated
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 encouraging
news to our Tarrytown chiropractic back pain patients!
CONTACT Tarrytown Chiropractic
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 today.
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!