“Your MRI shows some Modic changes.” Aaron Chiropractic Clinic says “Do not panic too
much.” Our Fort Wayne back pain and neck pain patients have
good company regarding MRI reports revealing Modic changes. The research is evolving
about just what MRI-documented Modic changes mean
for a patient..and what they do not. Aaron Chiropractic Clinic puts perspective
around these usual MRI findings.
WHAT ARE MODIC CHANGES?
“Modic changes” is a term used
to explain 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 represent fatty degeneration of the bone marrow. Modic
III changes are the replacement of bone with bony
sclerosis with little bone marrow remaining. (1) Aaron Chiropractic Clinic
likes the opportunity to treat
a painful back earlier in this
cascade of change whenever possible. Aaron 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 are seen in spinal degenerative diseases
and are greatly associated with low back pain. (1) They
are age-related degenerative findings that come with disc degeneration.
Greater Modic changes were tied to higher age, higher
body mass index, and adjacent disc degeneration. (2) Lifestyle and occupational
factors like cigarette smoking, regular exercise, and absence
of daily vehicle vibration seemed to have minor
effects, if any, on the development of Modic changes in the lumbar spine. (3) Clearly,
Aaron Chiropractic Clinic urges proper lifestyle choices for optimal health!
WHAT MODIC CHANGES SUGGEST ABOUT RECOVERY?
What is unclear is the research about just
what Modic changes suggest about back pain
patients. New research demonstrated that Modic
changes were not understood to be negatively associated
with long-term pain, disability, or sick leave. The study stated
that low back pain patients with Modic changes had significantly
less disability and sick-leave at long-term follow-up. (4) This is encouraging
info to our Fort Wayne chiropractic back pain patients!
CONTACT Aaron Chiropractic Clinic
Listen to this PODCAST
with Dr. Robert Rudy on The
Back Doctors’ Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson who detailed
his treatment plan with the Cox® Technic System
for their back pain relief to his patients so they get it.
Schedule your Fort Wayne chiropractic appointment now.
Bring your MRIs with you. Together, Aaron Chiropractic Clinic and you will look
at them for information and develop a treatment plan for
Fort Wayne back pain relief that will keep us both from panicking!