Back Pain Imaging and Exercise

Spinal imaging shows us much about a Fernandina Beach back pain and leg pain sufferers’ condition. Imaging must be reviewed carefully, of course, for what it shows as well as how various imaging methods compare to others. Amelia Chiropractic Clinic welcomes all the input you can bring with you, the Fernandina Beach back pain patient, as well as your imaging and examination testing findings to personalize your Fernandina Beach chiropractic treatment plan for pain relief.


Disc herniation and leg and/or back pain seem to come together, too, but so much more may be involved: degenerative disc disease, annulus fibrosus rupture, irritated and compressed nerve roots and cauda equina from the herniation itself. A recent study tracked the effects of exercise on a disc herniation’s neuromechanical compression, its inflammatory chemical stimulation, and its autoimmune response. (1) Imaging visualizes nice pictures of the disc herniation…that Amelia Chiropractic Clinic links with your symptomatology!


Back pain and imaging seem to go together. When someone has back pain, xrays, MRIs, and CTs come to mind. Just what do these demonstrate? A study compared images of back pain patients to asymptomatic persons. MR imaging of those with back pain showed that various measurements were different: anteroposterior diameter dimensions of the vertebral canal varied, transverse diameter was lesser, and thecal sac area was smaller. (2) Caution is warranted in comparing neuroforaminal measurements from CT scans and plain film as a study found that in patients who didn’t have back pain plain film measurements were larger compared to those on CT. (3) Another imaging finding your Fernandina Beach chiropractor is very aware of is called Modic change. It’s another imaging finding that is quite revealing in that Modic change (mainly type II) is related with abdominal aortic calcification by way of a lower blood supply or even poorer systemic vascularization owing to atherosclerotic disease. (4) It’s another insight we can use to determine what’s going on in your spine. Finally, a spinal imaging finding that is quite common in back pain patients is fatty infiltration of the paraspinal muscles, more so in patients with degenerative lumbar spondylolisthesis. (5) We look for that on MRI images though it’s hard to miss! Another good reason to begin a good spinal exercise program!


Exercise may be quite effective in managing the lumbar disc herniation which is why Amelia Chiropractic Clinic incorporates some simple lumbar spine exercises to start on day one. We inspire our back pain patients to keep doing these simple exercises and are happy to back anyone who wants to do more...after we talk!

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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Lee Hazen  on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes a case of degenerative spondylolisthesis that reacted well to treatment with The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.

Schedule your Fernandina Beach chiropractic appointment now to visit us! Whether you have spinal imaging already or need it, your Fernandina Beach chiropractor can help make sense of its significance to your path to back pain relief.

Back Pain Imaging and Exercise 
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