Pflugerville Wellness Center Questions The Curiosity of MRIs

MRI. What does it do for Pflugerville back pain and related leg pain? That is a intriguing question. Diagnosing Pflugerville lumbar spinal stenosis doesn’t always require an MRI for a definitive diagnosis. MRI images can be informative…and calling for clinical tests to establish what those images really signify. An MRI is a familiar test to a lot of Pflugerville chiropractic patients wanting Pflugerville back pain relief, but the MRI’s timing and outcomes require careful thought as to when they’re taken and what they really mean for the chiropractic care of spinal stenosis at Pflugerville Wellness Center.


Spinal stenosis is a normal condition and the most usual indicator for spinal back surgery in the over-65 age group. With the expansion of this group, by 2025 59% of them are predicted to have spinal stenosis. (1) Many times your Pflugerville chiropractor can identify spinal stenosis with only a few questions and physical examination discoveries without an MRI. Your Pflugerville chiropractor may use the MRI as a verifying test of the Pflugerville chiropractic clinical examination diagnosis previously determined just by examining you.


In the event of a disc extrusion triggering spinal stenosis where the Pflugerville herniated disc escapes its outer bands and seeps out into the spinal canal physically constricting and chemically inflaming the spinal nerve, an MRI showing this often bodes well for the MRI’s patient. At one year later, whether treated with surgery or without, 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 long conservative care. (2) And the healing of these Pflugerville spinal stenosis related extrusions takes time and good, guided care like that from Pflugerville Wellness Center.


Understand that as rates for spinal surgery increase – ten times across the US – so too do the rates of advanced spinal imaging. In a study, areas with more MRIs have 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 studies the extent and location of nerve compression as well as degenerative changes at adjacent levels. Experienced surgeons reached agreement more with each other’s understandings of MRI images than less experienced surgeons. (1) Experienced chiropractors like yours at Pflugerville Wellness Center also are more adept at picking up on Pflugerville spinal stenosis as the diagnosis.


Treat it actively. Do not rely on passive care like bed rest. That’s old school care. Give it time. Take part in the active, conservative care your Pflugerville chiropractor shares with you for at least 6-8 weeks to witness some change because there is no clear difference between surgical (though faster relief may come) and non-surgical care after a year or two. (4) Pflugerville Wellness Center utilizes the Cox Technic System of Spine Pain Management for Pflugerville 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 have not had one done) or surgical or other care consultation becomes necessary.

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

Pflugerville MRIs for spinal stenosis may be revealing…or puzzling. 
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