Back And Neck Care Center Questions The Curiosity of MRIs

MRI. What does it do for Severna Park back pain and related leg pain? That is a peculiar question. Diagnosing Severna Park lumbar spinal stenosis does not always need an MRI for a clear diagnosis. MRI images can be enlightening…and demanding of clinical tests to determine what those images really mean. An MRI is a recognized procedure to a lot of Severna Park chiropractic patients seeking Severna Park back pain relief, but the MRI’s arranging and outcomes need careful thought as to when they’re ordered and what they really mean for the chiropractic treatment of spinal stenosis at Back And Neck Care Center.


Spinal stenosis is a common condition and the most usual sign for spinal back surgery in the over-65 age set of people. With the expansion of this group, by 2025 59% of them are expected to have spinal stenosis. (1) Many times your Severna Park chiropractor can identify spinal stenosis with just a few questions and physical examination results with no an MRI. Your Severna Park chiropractor may order an MRI as a verifying exam of the Severna Park chiropractic clinical examination diagnosis already determined just by seeing you.


In the event of a disc extrusion causing spinal stenosis where the Severna Park herniated disc leaks out of its outer bands and seeps out into the spinal canal physically constricting and chemically inflaming the spinal nerve, an MRI revealing this often bodes well for the MRI’s patient. A year later, whether treated surgically or non-surgically, the back-related leg pain patient had less leg pain. In this case an MRI doesn’t help much in determining which patient would do better with quicker surgery or prolonged conservative care. (2) And the healing of these Severna Park spinal stenosis related extrusions takes time and good, guided care like that from Back And Neck Care Center.


Know that as rates for spinal surgery rise – ten times across the US – so too do the rates of advanced spinal imaging. In a study, cities with more MRIs saw more spine surgeries (and spinal stenosis surgery specifically). (3) Know too that what a surgeon makes out on MRI affects how he or she handles the spinal back surgery for stenosis. He/She considers the extent and location of nerve compression as well as degenerative changes at adjacent levels. Experienced surgeons agreed more with each other’s understandings of MRI images than less experienced surgeons. (1) Experienced chiropractors like yours at Back And Neck Care Center also are more skilled at recognizing Severna Park spinal stenosis as the diagnosis.


Treat it actively. Don’t depend on passive care like bed rest. That is old school care. Give it time. Take part in the active, conservative care your Severna Park chiropractor shares with you for at least 6-8 weeks to witness some change because there’s no clear difference between surgical (though quicker relief may come) and non-surgical care after a year or two. (4) Back And Neck Care Center utilizes the Cox Technic System of Spine Pain Management for Severna Park spinal stenosis and back pain relief care. The 50% Rule guides treatment frequency and treatment progress as well as decision-making as to when/if an MRI is required (if you’ve not had one taken) or surgical or other care consultation turns out to be necessary.

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Schedule a Severna Park chiropractic appointment to see your Severna Park chiropractic back pain specialist about your Severna Park back pain and sciatica to take the curiosity out of the question about MRI’s role in your Severna Park back pain treatment plan. 

Severna Park MRIs for spinal stenosis may be revealing…or confusing. 
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