Pflugerville Wellness Center Calmly Considers MRIs Modic Changes

“There are some Modic changes on your MRI report.” Pflugerville Wellness Center says “Don’t fret too much.” Our Pflugerville back pain and neck pain patients are in good company regarding MRI reports revealing Modic changes. The research is evolving about just what MRI-documented Modic changes suggest for a patient..and what they do not. Pflugerville Wellness Center creates some perspective about these usual MRI findings.

WHAT ARE MODIC CHANGES?

“Modic changes” is a term used to describe the changes of the spine’s vertebral endplates which are connected to spinal degeneration. Modic type I changes are basically 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 describe the replacement of bone with bony sclerosis with minimal bone marrow left. (1) Pflugerville Wellness Center likes the opportunity to treat a painful back earlier in this cascade of change whenever possible. Pflugerville Wellness Center treats disc degeneration and spinal degenerative changes.

WHAT MODIC CHANGES REVEAL ABOUT THE SPINE?

Modic changes are familiar 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 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 looked to have minor effects, if any, on the development of Modic changes in the lumbar spine. (3) Clearly, Pflugerville Wellness Center urges proper lifestyle choices for overall good health!

WHAT MODIC CHANGES REVEAL ABOUT RECOVERY?

What is unclear is the research about just what Modic changes imply for back pain patients. Recent research demonstrated that Modic changes were not understood to be negatively affiliated with long-term pain, disability, or sick leave. The research reported that low back pain patients who had Modic changes had much less disability and sick-leave at long-term follow-up. (4) This is hopeful info to our Pflugerville chiropractic back pain patients!

CONTACT Pflugerville Wellness Center

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 Pflugerville chiropractic appointment today. Bring your MRIs with you. Together, Pflugerville Wellness Center and you will look at them for information and create a treatment plan for Pflugerville back pain relief that will prevent us both from panicking!

Pflugerville Wellness Center 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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