“There are some Modic changes
on your MRI report.” The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR says “Don’t panic too
much.” Our Colorado Springs back pain and neck pain patients have
good company when it comes to 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. The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR puts perspective
around these common MRI findings.
WHAT ARE MODIC CHANGES?
“Modic changes” is a term used to describe the changes of
the spine’s vertebral endplates which are related to
spinal degeneration. Modic type I changes are essentially regarded as bone marrow edema and inflammation signifying
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 little bone marrow remaining. (1) The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR
appreciates the opportunity to treat
a painful back as early in this flow of change as possible. The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR 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 accompany disc degeneration.
Greater Modic changes were linked to higher age, higher
body mass index, and adjacent disc degeneration. (2) Lifestyle and occupational
factors like cigarette smoking, regular exercise, and nonappearance
of daily vehicle vibration seemed to have slight
effects, if any, on the development of Modic changes in the lumbar spine. (3) Clearly,
The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR urges proper lifestyle choices for overall
WHAT MODIC CHANGES SUGGEST ABOUT RECOVERY?
What is unclear is the research about just
what Modic changes suggest about back pain
patients. Recent research demonstrated that Modic
changes were not found to be negatively associated
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
info to our Colorado Springs chiropractic back pain patients!
CONTACT The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR
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 understand.
Schedule your Colorado Springs chiropractic appointment now.
Bring any MRIs with you. Together, The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR and you will look
at them for information and develop a treatment plan for
Colorado Springs back pain relief that will prevent us both from panicking!