Amelia Chiropractic Clinic Questions The Curiosity of MRIs

MRI. What does it mean for Fernandina Beach back pain and related leg pain? That’s a intriguing question. Diagnosing Fernandina Beach lumbar spinal stenosis doesn’t always require an MRI for a definitive diagnosis. MRI images can be enlightening…and calling for clinical tests to determine what those images really suggest. An MRI is a familiar procedure to a lot of Fernandina Beach chiropractic patients wanting Fernandina Beach back pain relief, but the MRI’s arranging and results require cautious consideration as to when they are ordered and what they really mean for the chiropractic treatment of spinal stenosis at Amelia Chiropractic Clinic.


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 acquire spinal stenosis. (1) Often your Fernandina Beach chiropractor can identify spinal stenosis with only a few questions and physical examination discoveries without an MRI. Your Fernandina Beach chiropractor may order an MRI as a verifying trial of the Fernandina Beach chiropractic clinical examination diagnosis previously determined just by seeing you.

WHAT THE Fernandina Beach MRI SHOWS

In the event of a disc extrusion triggering spinal stenosis where the Fernandina Beach herniated disc escapes its outer bands and oozes into the spinal canal physically compressing and chemically irritating the spinal nerve, an MRI revealing this often bodes well for the MRI’s owner. At one year later, whether managed surgically or non-surgically, the back-related sciatica patient had less leg pain. In this case an MRI doesn’t help much in determining which patient would do better with quicker surgery or prolonged conservative care. (2) And the healing of these Fernandina Beach spinal stenosis related extrusions takes time and good, guided care like that from Amelia Chiropractic Clinic.


Know 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 sees on MRI affects how he or she manages the spinal back surgery for stenosis. He/She studies the extent and location of nerve compression and degenerative changes at adjacent levels. Experienced surgeons reached agreement more with each other’s interpretations of MRI images than less experienced surgeons. (1) Experienced chiropractors like yours at Amelia Chiropractic Clinic also are more skilled at recognizing Fernandina Beach spinal stenosis as the diagnosis.


Treat it actively. Don’t depend on passive care like bed rest. That’s old school care. Give it time. Participate in the active, conservative care your Fernandina Beach chiropractor shares with you for at least 6-8 weeks to see some change because there is no clear difference between surgical (though faster relief may come) and non-surgical care after a year or two. (4) Amelia Chiropractic Clinic utilizes the Cox Technic System of Spine Pain Management for Fernandina Beach 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 required (if you have not had one done) or surgical or other care consultation becomes necessary.

CONTACT Amelia Chiropractic Clinic

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

Fernandina Beach MRIs for spinal stenosis may be revealing…or confusing. 
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