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Soft Health and Healing Clinic Calmly Considers MRIs Modic Changes

“There are some Modic changes on your MRI report.” Soft Health and Healing Clinic says “Don’t fret too much.” Our Brooks 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 MRI-documented Modic changes mean for a patient..and what they don’t mean. Soft Health and Healing Clinic puts perspective around these common MRI findings.

WHAT ARE MODIC CHANGES?

“Modic changes” is a phrase used to describe the changes of the spine’s vertebral endplates which are related to spinal degeneration. Modic type I changes are basically regarded as bone marrow edema and inflammation signifying acute degenerative changes.  Modic type II changes signify fatty degeneration of the bone marrow. Modic III changes describe the replacement of bone with bony sclerosis with little bone marrow left. (1) Soft Health and Healing Clinic appreciates the chance to treat a painful back earlier in this cascade of change whenever possible. Soft Health and Healing Clinic 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 strongly related to 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, Soft Health and Healing Clinic encourages proper lifestyle choices for optimal health!

WHAT MODIC CHANGES SUGGEST ABOUT RECOVERY?

What is unclear is the research regarding just what Modic changes suggest about back pain patients. Recent research demonstrated that Modic changes were not found to be negatively associated with long-term pain, disability, or sick leave. The research stated 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 news to our Brooks chiropractic back pain patients!

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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Robert Rudy on The Back Doctors’ Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson who described his Cox® Technic treatment plan for their back pain relief to his patients so they understand.

Schedule your Brooks chiropractic appointment now. Bring any MRIs with you. Together, Soft Health and Healing Clinic and you will study them for information and develop a treatment plan for Brooks back pain relief that will prevent us both from panicking!

Soft Health and Healing Clinic sees many back pain and neck pain patients who bring their MRIs with them to the office. Modic changes are often noted.  
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