Back Pain Imaging and Exercise

Spinal imaging reveals much about a Minster back pain and leg pain sufferers’ condition. Imaging must be carefully considered, of course, for what it shows in addition to the way various imaging methods contrast with others. Minster Chiropractic Center welcomes all the input you can bring with you, the Minster back pain patient, as well as your imaging and examination testing findings to individualize your Minster chiropractic treatment plan for pain relief.


Disc herniation and leg and/or back pain tend to go together, too, but so much more may be incorporated: degenerative disc disease, annulus fibrosus rupture, irritation and compression of nerve roots and cauda equina from the herniation itself. A recent study tracked the effects of exercise on a disc herniation’s neuromechanical compression, its inflammatory chemical stimulation, and its autoimmune response. (1) Imaging visualizes pretty pictures of the disc herniation…that Minster Chiropractic Center correlates with your symptoms!


Back pain and imaging seem to go together. When someone experiences back pain, xrays, MRIs, and CTs come to mind. Just what do these show? A study compared images of symptomatic patients to asymptomatic persons. MR imaging of those with back pain showed that various measurements differed: anteroposterior diameter measures of the vertebral canal varied, transverse diameter was lesser, and thecal sac area was smaller. (2) Caution is warranted in comparing neuroforaminal measurements from CT scans and plain film as a study found that in patients without back pain plain film measurements were larger compared to those on CT. (3) Another imaging finding your Minster chiropractor is very aware of is termed Modic change. It’s another imaging finding that is quite revealing in that Modic change (mainly type II) is associated with abdominal aortic calcification via a lower blood supply or even poorer systemic vascularization because of atherosclerotic disease. (4) It’s another insight we can utilize to determine what is going on in your spine. Finally, a spinal imaging finding that is quite usual in back pain patients is fatty infiltration of the paraspinal muscles, more so in patients with degenerative lumbar spondylolisthesis. (5) We check the MRI images for that though it’s hard to miss! Another good reason to start a good spinal exercise program!


Exercise may be quite effective in dealing with the lumbar disc herniation which is why Minster Chiropractic Center incorporates some simple lumbar spine exercises to start on day one. We encourage our back pain patients to continue performing these simple exercises and are happy to support anyone who wants to do more...after we talk!

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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Lee Hazen  on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes a case of degenerative spondylolisthesis that reacted well to treatment with The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.

Make your Minster chiropractic appointment today to see us! Whether you have spinal imaging currently or need it, your Minster chiropractor can assist in making sense of its relevance in your journey to back pain relief.

Back Pain Imaging and Exercise 
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