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Tarrytown Chiropractic Questions The Curiosity of MRIs

MRI. What does it mean for Tarrytown back pain and related leg pain? That’s a peculiar question. Diagnosing Tarrytown lumbar spinal stenosis doesn’t always require an MRI for a definitive diagnosis. MRI images can be informative…and calling for clinical tests to determine what those images really signify. An MRI is a well-known procedure to a lot of Tarrytown chiropractic patients seeking Tarrytown back pain relief, but the MRI’s arranging and outcomes require careful consideration as to when they are taken and what they really indicate for the chiropractic care of spinal stenosis at Tarrytown Chiropractic.


Spinal stenosis is a common condition and the most usual indicator for spinal back surgery in the over-65 age group. With the expansion of this group, by 2025 59% of them are expected to acquire spinal stenosis. (1) Many times your Tarrytown chiropractor can diagnose spinal stenosis with only a few questions and physical examination discoveries with no an MRI. Your Tarrytown chiropractor may order an MRI as a confirming trial of the Tarrytown chiropractic clinical examination diagnosis previously determined just by examining you.


In the case of a disc extrusion triggering spinal stenosis where the Tarrytown herniated disc leaks out of its outer bands and oozes into the spinal canal physically constricting and chemically irritating the spinal nerve, an MRI showing this often bodes well for the MRI’s owner. A year later, whether managed surgically or non-surgically, the back-related sciatica patient had less leg pain. In this case an MRI doesn’t help much in determining which patient would do better with early surgery or lengthy conservative care. (2) And the healing of these Tarrytown spinal stenosis related extrusions takes time and good, guided care like that from Tarrytown Chiropractic.


Know that as rates for spinal surgery increase – ten times across the US – so too do the rates of advanced spinal imaging. In a study, areas with more MRIs have more spine surgeries (and spinal stenosis surgery exactly). (3) Know too that what a surgeon notices on MRI affects how he or she handles the spinal back surgery for stenosis. He/She studies the extent and location of nerve compression as well as degenerative changes at adjacent levels. Experienced surgeons reached agreement more with each other’s interpretations of MRI images than less experienced surgeons. (1) Experienced chiropractors like yours at Tarrytown Chiropractic also are more adept at picking up on Tarrytown spinal stenosis as the diagnosis.


Treat it actively. Do not rely on passive care like bed rest. That’s old school care. Give it time. Participate in the active, conservative care your Tarrytown chiropractor shares with you for at least 6-8 weeks to witness some change because there is no clear difference between surgical (though faster relief may come) and non-surgical care after a year or two. (4) Tarrytown Chiropractic uses the Cox Technic System of Spine Pain Management for Tarrytown spinal stenosis and back pain relief care. The 50% Rule guides treatment frequency and treatment progress as well as decision-making as to when/if an MRI is necessary (if you have not had one done) or surgical or other care consultation becomes necessary.

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Schedule a Tarrytown chiropractic appointment to visit your Tarrytown chiropractic back pain specialist about your Tarrytown back pain and sciatica to take the curiosity out of the question about MRI’s role in your Tarrytown back pain treatment plan. 

Tarrytown MRIs for spinal stenosis may be revealing…or confusing. 
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