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Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic Questions The Curiosity of MRIs

MRI. What does it mean for Montreal back pain and related leg pain? That’s a curious question. Diagnosing Montreal lumbar spinal stenosis doesn’t always require an MRI for a clear diagnosis. MRI images can be revealing…and demanding of clinical tests to determine what those images really signify. An MRI is a familiar procedure to a lot of Montreal chiropractic patients wanting Montreal back pain relief, but the MRI’s timing and results need cautious thought as to when they are ordered and what they really indicate for the chiropractic treatment of spinal stenosis at Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic.


Spinal stenosis is a common condition and the most common sign for spinal back surgery in the over-65 age set of people. With the growth of this group, by 2025 59% of them are predicted to acquire spinal stenosis. (1) Often your Montreal chiropractor can identify spinal stenosis with only a few questions and physical examination discoveries with no an MRI. Your Montreal chiropractor may use the MRI as a verifying trial of the Montreal chiropractic clinical examination diagnosis previously made just by seeing you.


In the event of a disc extrusion causing spinal stenosis where the Montreal herniated disc escapes its outer bands and oozes into the spinal canal physically constricting and chemically irritating the spinal nerve, an MRI revealing this often bodes well for the MRI’s patient. At one year later, whether treated surgically or non-surgically, the back-related leg pain 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 Montreal spinal stenosis related extrusions takes time and good, guided care like that from Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic.


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 saw more spine surgeries (and spinal stenosis surgery specifically). (3) Know too that what a surgeon sees on MRI affects how he or she manages 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 agreed more with each other’s interpretations of MRI images than less experienced surgeons. (1) Experienced chiropractors like yours at Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic also are more skilled at recognizing Montreal spinal stenosis as the diagnosis.


Treat it actively. Don’t rely on passive care like bed rest. That’s old school care. Give it time. Take part in the active, conservative care your Montreal chiropractor shares with you for at least 6-8 weeks to see some change because there’s no sure difference between surgical (though faster relief may come) and non-surgical care after a year or two. (4) Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic uses the Cox Technic System of Spine Pain Management for Montreal 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 necessary (if you’ve not had one taken) or surgical or other care consultation becomes necessary.

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

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