“There are some Modic changes
on your MRI report.” Spengel Chiropractic says “Don’t 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. Spengel Chiropractic creates some perspective about these common MRI findings.
WHAT ARE MODIC CHANGES?
“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) Spengel Chiropractic
likes the opportunity to treat
a painful back earlier in this
cascade of change whenever possible. Spengel Chiropractic treats disc degeneration and spinal degenerative changes.
WHAT MODIC CHANGES TELL ABOUT THE SPINE?
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 accompany 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,
Spengel Chiropractic urges proper lifestyle choices for optimal health!
WHAT MODIC CHANGES REVEAL ABOUT RECOVERY?
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 study 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!
CONTACT Spengel Chiropractic
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, Spengel Chiropractic and you will look
at them for information and develop a treatment plan for
McHenry back pain relief that will keep us both from panicking!