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OrthoIllinois Chiropractic Calmly Considers MRIs Modic Changes

“Your MRI shows some Modic changes.” OrthoIllinois Chiropractic says “Do not fret too much.” Our McHenry back pain and neck pain patients have good company when it comes to MRI reports talking about Modic changes. The research is developing about just what Modic changes on MRI suggest for a patient..and what they do not. OrthoIllinois Chiropractic creates some perspective about these common MRI findings.


“Modic changes” is a term used to describe the degenerative changes to the vertebral endplates. Modic type I changes are essentially considered to be bone marrow edema and inflammation signifying acute degenerative changes.  Modic type II changes signify fatty degeneration of the bone marrow. Modic III changes signify the replacement of bone with bony sclerosis with little bone marrow left. (1) OrthoIllinois Chiropractic likes the opportunity to treat a painful back earlier in this cascade of change whenever possible. OrthoIllinois Chiropractic treats disc degeneration and spinal degenerative changes.


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 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 looked to have minor effects, if any, on the development of Modic changes in the lumbar spine. (3) Clearly, OrthoIllinois Chiropractic urges proper lifestyle choices for optimal health!


What is unclear is the research regarding just what Modic changes suggest about back pain patients. Recent research demonstrated that Modic changes were not understood to be negatively associated 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 McHenry chiropractic back pain patients!

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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 get it.

Schedule your McHenry chiropractic appointment today. Bring any MRIs with you. Together, OrthoIllinois Chiropractic and you will look at them for information and create a treatment plan for McHenry back pain relief that will keep us both from panicking!

OrthoIllinois Chiropractic sees many back pain and neck pain patients who bring their MRIs with them to the office. Modic changes are often seen.  
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