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The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR Questions The Curiosity of MRIs

MRI. What does it do for Colorado Springs back pain and related leg pain? That’s a curious question. Diagnosing Colorado Springs lumbar spinal stenosis does not always require an MRI for a clear diagnosis. MRI images can be informative…and demanding of clinical tests to ascertain what those images really mean. An MRI is a familiar test to many Colorado Springs chiropractic patients wanting Colorado Springs back pain relief, but the MRI’s timing and results need cautious thought as to when they are ordered and what they really indicate for the chiropractic treatment of spinal stenosis at The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR.


Spinal stenosis is a normal 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 expected to have spinal stenosis. (1) Many times your Colorado Springs chiropractor can diagnose spinal stenosis with just a few questions and physical examination findings without an MRI. Your Colorado Springs chiropractor may use the MRI as a confirming exam of the Colorado Springs chiropractic clinical examination diagnosis previously made just by seeing you.

WHAT THE Colorado Springs MRI SHOWS

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


Understand that as rates for spinal surgery rise – ten times across the US – so too do the rates of advanced spinal imaging. In one study, areas with more MRIs saw more spine surgeries (and spinal stenosis surgery specifically). (3) Know too that what a surgeon notices on MRI influences how he or she approaches the spinal back surgery for stenosis. He/She considers the degree and location of nerve compression and degenerative changes at adjacent levels. Experienced surgeons agreed more with each other’s understandings of MRI images than less experienced surgeons. (1) Experienced chiropractors like yours at The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR also are more proficient at recognizing Colorado Springs spinal stenosis as the diagnosis.


Treat it actively. Do not rely on passive care like bed rest. That’s old school care. Give it time. Take part in the active, conservative care your Colorado Springs chiropractor shares with you for at least 6-8 weeks to witness some change because there is no clear difference between surgical (though quicker relief may come) and non-surgical care after a year or two. (4) The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR utilizes the Cox Technic System of Spine Pain Management for Colorado Springs 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 done) or surgical or other care consultation becomes necessary.

CONTACT The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR

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

Colorado Springs MRIs for spinal stenosis may be revealing…or confusing. 
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