“Your MRI shows some Modic changes.” Amelia Chiropractic Clinic says “Do not fret too
much.” Our Fernandina Beach back pain and neck pain patients have
good company when it comes to MRI reports talking
about Modic changes. The research is evolving
about just what MRI-documented Modic changes suggest
for a patient..and what they don’t mean. Amelia Chiropractic Clinic creates some perspective about these common MRI findings.
WHAT ARE MODIC CHANGES?
“Modic changes” is a phrase used to describe the degenerative changes to the vertebral endplates. Modic type I changes are basically regarded as 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) Amelia Chiropractic Clinic
appreciates the chance to treat
a painful back as early in this flow of change as possible. Amelia Chiropractic Clinic 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 appear 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 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 appeared to have slight
effects, if any, on the development of Modic changes in the lumbar spine. (3) Clearly,
Amelia Chiropractic Clinic 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. New research showed that Modic
changes were not found to be negatively affiliated
with long-term pain, disability, or sick leave. The research reported
that low back pain patients with Modic changes had much
less disability and sick-leave at long-term follow-up. (4) This is hopeful
info to our Fernandina Beach chiropractic back pain patients!
CONTACT Amelia Chiropractic Clinic
Listen to this PODCAST
with Dr. Robert Rudy on The
Back Doctors’ Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson who described
his treatment plan with the Cox® Technic System
for their back pain relief to his patients so they understand.
Schedule your Fernandina Beach chiropractic appointment today.
Bring your MRIs with you. Together, Amelia Chiropractic Clinic and you will look
at them for information and develop a treatment plan for
Fernandina Beach back pain relief that will prevent us both from panicking!