“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
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!