“Your MRI shows some Modic changes.” Johnson Chiropractic says “Do not fret too
much.” Our Richmond back pain and neck pain patients are in
good company concerning MRI reports revealing Modic changes. The research is evolving
about just what Modic changes on MRI mean
for a patient..and what they don’t mean. Johnson Chiropractic creates some perspective about these usual MRI findings.
WHAT ARE MODIC CHANGES?
“Modic changes” is a phrase used
to explain the changes of
the spine’s vertebral endplates which are connected to
spinal degeneration. Modic type I changes are basically considered
to be bone marrow edema and inflammation indicating
acute degenerative changes. Modic type
II changes represent fatty degeneration of the bone marrow. Modic
III changes are the replacement of bone with bony
sclerosis with minimal bone marrow left. (1) Johnson Chiropractic
appreciates the chance to take care of
a painful back as early in this flow of change as possible. Johnson Chiropractic treats disc degeneration and spinal degenerative changes.
WHAT MODIC CHANGES REVEAL ABOUT THE SPINE?
Modic changes are common findings on
MRI. Modic changes on MRI are seen in spinal degenerative diseases
and are strongly related to low back pain. (1) They
are age-related degenerative findings that come with disc degeneration.
Greater Modic changes were tied 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 appeared to have slight
effects, if any, on the development of Modic changes in the lumbar spine. (3) Clearly,
Johnson Chiropractic urges proper lifestyle choices for overall
WHAT MODIC CHANGES SUGGEST ABOUT RECOVERY?
What is unclear is the research about just
what Modic changes connote for back pain
patients. New research showed that Modic
changes were not found to be negatively affiliated
with long-term pain, disability, or sick leave. The study reported
that low back pain patients with Modic changes had significantly
less disability and sick-leave at long-term follow-up. (4) This is hopeful
news to our Richmond chiropractic back pain patients!
CONTACT Johnson Chiropractic
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 Richmond chiropractic appointment now.
Bring any MRIs with you. Together, Johnson Chiropractic and you will look
at them for information and create a treatment plan for
Richmond back pain relief that will prevent us both from panicking!