“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.
WHAT ARE MODIC CHANGES?
“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.
WHAT MODIC CHANGES REVEAL ABOUT THE SPINE?
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
WHAT MODIC CHANGES REVEAL ABOUT RECOVERY?
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!
CONTACT Manchester Chiropractic & Sports Injuries
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!