“Your MRI shows some Modic changes.” Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic says “Do not fret too
much.” Our Montreal back pain and neck pain patients have
good company when it comes to MRI reports reporting Modic changes. The research is evolving
about just what Modic changes on MRI mean
for a patient..and what they don’t mean. Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic creates some perspective about these usual MRI findings.
WHAT ARE MODIC CHANGES?
“Modic changes” is a term used to describe the degenerative changes to the vertebral endplates. Modic type I changes are basically regarded as bone marrow edema and inflammation signifying
acute degenerative changes. Modic type
II changes represent fatty degeneration of the bone marrow. Modic
III changes are the replacement of bone with bony
sclerosis with little bone marrow left. (1) Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic
appreciates the opportunity to treat
a painful back as early in this flow of change as possible. Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic treats disc degeneration and spinal degenerative changes.
WHAT MODIC CHANGES TELL ABOUT THE SPINE?
Modic changes are familiar findings on
MRI. Modic changes on MRI are seen in spinal degenerative diseases
and are greatly associated with low back pain. (1) They
are age-related degenerative findings that come with 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 nonappearance
of daily vehicle vibration appeared to have slight
effects, if any, on the development of Modic changes in the lumbar spine. (3) Clearly,
Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic encourages proper lifestyle choices for optimal health!
WHAT MODIC CHANGES REVEAL ABOUT RECOVERY?
What is unclear is the research about just
what Modic changes connote for back pain
patients. Recent research showed that Modic
changes were not found to be negatively affiliated
with long-term pain, disability, or sick leave. The study 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 encouraging
info to our Montreal chiropractic back pain patients!
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Bring any MRIs with you. Together, Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic and you will look
at them for information and develop a treatment plan for
Montreal back pain relief that will prevent us both from panicking!