Minster Chiropractic Center Calmly Considers MRIs Modic Changes

“There are some Modic changes on your MRI report.” Minster Chiropractic Center says “Don’t panic too much.” Our Minster back pain and neck pain patients are in good company when it comes to MRI reports revealing Modic changes. The research is developing about just what MRI-documented Modic changes suggest for a patient..and what they do not. Minster Chiropractic Center creates some perspective about these usual MRI findings.


“Modic changes” is a term used to explain the changes of the spine’s vertebral endplates which are linked to spinal degeneration. Modic type I changes are basically regarded as bone marrow edema and inflammation indicating acute degenerative changes.  Modic type II changes signify fatty degeneration of the bone marrow. Modic III changes describe the replacement of bone with bony sclerosis with little bone marrow left. (1) Minster Chiropractic Center appreciates the opportunity to treat a painful back as early in this flow of change as possible. Minster Chiropractic Center treats disc degeneration and spinal degenerative changes.


Modic changes are frequent 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 linked to greater 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 minor effects, if any, on the development of Modic changes in the lumbar spine. (3) Clearly, Minster Chiropractic Center urges proper lifestyle choices for overall good health!


What is unclear is the research regarding just what Modic changes imply for back pain patients. Recent research demonstrated that Modic changes were not found to be negatively affiliated with long-term pain, disability, or sick leave. The research reported that low back pain patients who had Modic changes had much less disability and sick-leave at long-term follow-up. (4) This is hopeful info to our Minster 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 detailed his Cox® Technic treatment plan for their back pain relief to his patients so they get it.

Schedule your Minster chiropractic appointment now. Bring any MRIs with you. Together, Minster Chiropractic Center and you will study them for information and develop a treatment plan for Minster back pain relief that will prevent us both from panicking!

Minster Chiropractic Center 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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