Manchester Chiropractic & Sports Injuries Calmly Considers MRIs Modic Changes

“There are some Modic changes on your MRI report.” Manchester Chiropractic & Sports Injuries says “Don’t panic too much.” Our Manchester back pain and neck pain patients have good company concerning 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. Manchester Chiropractic & Sports Injuries puts perspective around these usual MRI findings.


“Modic changes” is a term used to describe the degenerative changes to the vertebral endplates. Modic type I changes are essentially considered to be bone marrow edema and inflammation signifying acute degenerative changes.  Modic type II changes represent fatty degeneration of the bone marrow. Modic III changes signify the replacement of bone with bony sclerosis with minimal bone marrow remaining. (1) Manchester Chiropractic & Sports Injuries appreciates the chance to take care of a painful back as early in this flow of change as possible. Manchester Chiropractic & Sports Injuries treats disc degeneration and spinal degenerative changes.


Modic changes are familiar findings on MRI. Modic changes on MRI are seen in spinal degenerative diseases and are greatly associated with low back pain. (1) They are age-related degenerative findings that accompany 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 slight effects, if any, on the development of Modic changes in the lumbar spine. (3) Clearly, Manchester Chiropractic & Sports Injuries urges proper lifestyle choices for overall good health!


What is unclear is the research regarding just what Modic changes mean for back pain patients. Recent research demonstrated that Modic changes were not understood to be negatively associated with long-term pain, disability, or sick leave. The study stated that low back pain patients with Modic changes had much less disability and sick-leave at long-term follow-up. (4) This is hopeful news to our Manchester 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 described his treatment plan with the Cox® Technic System for their back pain relief to his patients so they understand.

Schedule your Manchester chiropractic appointment now. Bring your MRIs with you. Together, Manchester Chiropractic & Sports Injuries and you will look at them for information and create a treatment plan for Manchester back pain relief that will prevent us both from panicking!

Manchester Chiropractic & Sports Injuries 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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