Manchester Chiropractic & Sports Injuries Questions The Curiosity of MRIs

MRI. What does it do for Manchester back pain and related leg pain? That’s a curious question. Diagnosing Manchester lumbar spinal stenosis does not always require an MRI for a definitive diagnosis. MRI images can be informative…and calling for clinical tests to ascertain what those images really signify. An MRI is a well-known procedure to many Manchester chiropractic patients wanting Manchester back pain relief, but the MRI’s timing and outcomes need cautious thought as to when they are ordered and what they really imply for the chiropractic care of spinal stenosis at Manchester Chiropractic & Sports Injuries.


Spinal stenosis is a normal condition and the most common indicator for spinal back surgery in the over-65 age group. With the growth of this group, by 2025 59% of them are predicted to have spinal stenosis. (1) Many times your Manchester chiropractor can identify spinal stenosis with just a few questions and physical examination results without an MRI. Your Manchester chiropractor may use the MRI as a verifying trial of the Manchester chiropractic clinical examination diagnosis previously determined just by examining you.


In the case of a disc extrusion triggering spinal stenosis where the Manchester herniated disc leaks out of its outer bands and seeps out into the spinal canal physically constricting and chemically inflaming the spinal nerve, an MRI revealing this many times bodes well for the MRI’s owner. A year later, whether managed surgically or non-surgically, the back-related leg pain patient had less leg pain. In this case an MRI doesn’t help much in influencing which patient would do better with quicker surgery or prolonged conservative care. (2) And the healing of these Manchester spinal stenosis related extrusions takes time and good, guided care like that from Manchester Chiropractic & Sports Injuries.


Understand that as rates for spinal surgery rise – ten times across the US – so too do the rates of advanced spinal imaging. In one study, cities with more MRIs saw more spine surgeries (and spinal stenosis surgery exactly). (3) Understand too that what a surgeon makes out on MRI influences how he or she handles the spinal back surgery for stenosis. He/She considers the degree and location of nerve compression and degenerative changes at adjacent levels. Experienced surgeons agreed more with each other’s interpretations of MRI images than less experienced surgeons. (1) Experienced chiropractors like yours at Manchester Chiropractic & Sports Injuries also are more skilled at recognizing Manchester spinal stenosis as the diagnosis.


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

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

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