Minster Chiropractic Center Questions The Curiosity of MRIs

MRI. What does it do for Minster back pain and related leg pain? That is a peculiar question. Diagnosing Minster lumbar spinal stenosis doesn’t always need an MRI for a definitive diagnosis. MRI images can be revealing…and calling for clinical tests to determine what those images really mean. An MRI is a well-known test to a lot of Minster chiropractic patients seeking Minster back pain relief, but the MRI’s arranging and results need cautious thought as to when they’re ordered and what they really imply for the chiropractic treatment of spinal stenosis at Minster Chiropractic Center.


Spinal stenosis is a common condition and the most common indicator for spinal back surgery in the over-65 age group. With the expansion of this group, by 2025 59% of them are predicted to have spinal stenosis. (1) Many times your Minster chiropractor can identify spinal stenosis with only a few questions and physical examination findings without an MRI. Your Minster chiropractor may order an MRI as a confirming exam of the Minster chiropractic clinical examination diagnosis previously made just by seeing you.


In the case of a disc extrusion causing spinal stenosis where the Minster herniated disc leaks out of its outer bands and oozes into the spinal canal physically constricting and chemically inflaming the spinal nerve, an MRI showing this often bodes well for the MRI’s patient. At one year later, whether treated with surgery or without, the back-related leg pain patient had less leg pain. In this case an MRI does not help much in determining which patient would do better with early surgery or prolonged conservative care. (2) And the healing of these Minster spinal stenosis related extrusions takes time and good, guided care like that from Minster Chiropractic Center.


Understand that as rates for spinal surgery increase – ten times across the US – so too do the rates of advanced spinal imaging. In a study, areas with more MRIs saw more spine surgeries (and spinal stenosis surgery specifically). (3) Understand too that what a surgeon spots on MRI influences how he or she handles the spinal back surgery for stenosis. He/She studies the degree and location of nerve compression and degenerative changes at adjacent levels. Experienced surgeons reached agreement more with each other’s interpretations of MRI images than less experienced surgeons. (1) Experienced chiropractors like yours at Minster Chiropractic Center also are more skilled at picking up on Minster spinal stenosis as the diagnosis.


Treat it actively. Don’t rely on passive care like bed rest. That is old school care. Give it time. Take part in the active, conservative care your Minster chiropractor shares with you for at least 6-8 weeks to witness some change because there’s no sure difference between surgical (though faster relief may come) and non-surgical care after a year or two. (4) Minster Chiropractic Center uses the Cox Technic System of Spine Pain Management for Minster spinal stenosis and back pain relief care. The 50% Rule guides treatment frequency and treatment progress as well as decision-making as to when/if an MRI is necessary (if you have not had one taken) or surgical or other care consultation turns out to be necessary.

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

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