“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.
WHAT ARE MODIC CHANGES?
“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 remaining. (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.
WHAT MODIC CHANGES TELL ABOUT THE SPINE?
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
WHAT MODIC CHANGES REVEAL ABOUT RECOVERY?
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!
CONTACT Minster Chiropractic Center
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!