“There are some Modic changes
on your MRI report.” Back And Neck Care Center says “Don’t fret too
much.” Our Severna Park back pain and neck pain patients are in
good company regarding MRI reports reporting Modic changes. The research is developing
about just what Modic changes on MRI mean
for a patient..and what they do not. Back And Neck Care Center creates some perspective about these usual MRI findings.
WHAT ARE MODIC CHANGES?
“Modic changes” is a phrase used to describe the degenerative changes to the vertebral endplates. Modic type I changes are basically considered
to be bone marrow edema and inflammation indicating
acute degenerative changes. Modic type
II changes signify fatty degeneration of the bone marrow. Modic
III changes are the replacement of bone with bony
sclerosis with minimal bone marrow left. (1) Back And Neck Care Center
likes the opportunity to treat
a painful back as early in this flow of change as possible. Back And Neck Care Center 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 strongly related to low back pain. (1) They
are age-related degenerative findings that accompany disc degeneration.
Greater Modic changes were linked to greater 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 looked to have slight
effects, if any, on the development of Modic changes in the lumbar spine. (3) Clearly,
Back And Neck Care Center encourages proper lifestyle choices for optimal health!
WHAT MODIC CHANGES SUGGEST ABOUT RECOVERY?
What is unclear is the research regarding just
what Modic changes imply for 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 stated
that low back pain patients with Modic changes had much
less disability and sick-leave at long-term follow-up. (4) This is encouraging
news to our Severna Park chiropractic back pain patients!
CONTACT Back And Neck Care Center
Listen to this PODCAST
with Dr. Robert Rudy on The
Back Doctors’ Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson who described
his Cox® Technic treatment plan
for their back pain relief to his patients so they get it.
Schedule your Severna Park chiropractic appointment today.
Bring your MRIs with you. Together, Back And Neck Care Center and you will study them for information and develop a treatment plan for
Severna Park back pain relief that will keep us both from panicking!