Satterwhite Chiropractic Questions The Curiosity of MRIs

MRI. What does it do for Oxford back pain and related leg pain? That’s a peculiar question. Diagnosing Oxford lumbar spinal stenosis doesn’t always need an MRI for a clear diagnosis. MRI images can be enlightening…and demanding of clinical tests to determine what those images really suggest. An MRI is a recognized procedure to a lot of Oxford chiropractic patients wanting Oxford back pain relief, but the MRI’s timing and outcomes require cautious consideration as to when they are ordered and what they really indicate for the chiropractic treatment of spinal stenosis at Satterwhite Chiropractic.


Spinal stenosis is a common condition and the most usual indicator 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) Often your Oxford chiropractor can diagnose spinal stenosis with just a few questions and physical examination findings without an MRI. Your Oxford chiropractor may order an MRI as a confirming exam of the Oxford chiropractic clinical examination diagnosis previously determined just by seeing you.


In the event of a disc extrusion triggering spinal stenosis where the Oxford herniated disc escapes its outer bands and oozes into the spinal canal physically compressing and chemically inflaming the spinal nerve, an MRI revealing this many times bodes well for the MRI’s owner. A year later, whether managed surgically or non-surgically, the back-related sciatica patient had less leg pain. In this case an MRI does not help much in determining which patient would do better with early surgery or lengthy conservative care. (2) And the healing of these Oxford spinal stenosis related extrusions takes time and good, guided care like that from Satterwhite Chiropractic.


Know that as rates for spinal surgery increase – ten times across the US – so too do the rates of advanced spinal imaging. In one study, areas with more MRIs saw more spine surgeries (and spinal stenosis surgery exactly). (3) Understand too that what a surgeon spots on MRI influences how he or she manages the spinal back surgery for stenosis. He/She considers the degree and location of nerve compression and degenerative changes at adjacent levels. Experienced surgeons agreed more with each other’s interpretations of MRI images than less experienced surgeons. (1) Experienced chiropractors like yours at Satterwhite Chiropractic also are more skilled at recognizing Oxford spinal stenosis as the diagnosis.


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

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

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