“There are some Modic changes
on your MRI report.” Satterwhite Chiropractic says “Don’t fret too
much.” Our Oxford back pain and neck pain patients have
good company when it comes to MRI reports reporting Modic changes. The research is developing
about just what Modic changes on MRI mean
for a patient..and what they don’t mean. Satterwhite Chiropractic creates some perspective about these common MRI findings.
WHAT ARE MODIC CHANGES?
“Modic changes” is a term used
to explain the degenerative changes to the vertebral endplates. 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 signify the replacement of bone with bony
sclerosis with little bone marrow left. (1) Satterwhite Chiropractic
appreciates the chance to take care of
a painful back as early in this flow of change as possible. Satterwhite Chiropractic treats disc degeneration and spinal degenerative changes.
WHAT MODIC CHANGES TELL ABOUT THE SPINE?
Modic changes are frequent findings on
MRI. Modic changes on MRI appear in spinal degenerative diseases
and are greatly associated with 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 appeared to have slight
effects, if any, on the development of Modic changes in the lumbar spine. (3) Clearly,
Satterwhite Chiropractic urges proper lifestyle choices for optimal health!
WHAT MODIC CHANGES SUGGEST ABOUT RECOVERY?
What is unclear is the research about just
what Modic changes imply for back pain
patients. New research showed that Modic
changes were not found to be negatively associated
with long-term pain, disability, or sick leave. The study reported
that low back pain patients who had Modic changes had significantly
less disability and sick-leave at long-term follow-up. (4) This is hopeful
info to our Oxford chiropractic back pain patients!
CONTACT Satterwhite Chiropractic
Listen to this PODCAST
with Dr. Robert Rudy on The
Back Doctors’ Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson who detailed
his treatment plan with the Cox® Technic System
for their back pain relief to his patients so they understand.
Schedule your Oxford chiropractic appointment today.
Bring your MRIs with you. Together, Satterwhite Chiropractic and you will look
at them for information and develop a treatment plan for
Oxford back pain relief that will prevent us both from panicking!