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Soft Health and Healing Clinic Questions The Curiosity of MRIs

MRI. What does it do for Brooks back pain and related leg pain? That’s a curious question. Diagnosing Brooks lumbar spinal stenosis doesn’t always require an MRI for a clear diagnosis. MRI images can be revealing…and calling for clinical tests to ascertain what those images really suggest. An MRI is a well-known test to a lot of Brooks chiropractic patients seeking Brooks back pain relief, but the MRI’s timing and results need cautious consideration as to when they’re taken and what they really imply for the chiropractic care of spinal stenosis at Soft Health and Healing 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 expansion of this group, by 2025 59% of them are expected to have spinal stenosis. (1) Many times your Brooks chiropractor can identify spinal stenosis with just a few questions and physical examination answers with no an MRI. Your Brooks chiropractor may use the MRI as a verifying test of the Brooks chiropractic clinical examination diagnosis previously made just by seeing you.


In the case of a disc extrusion causing spinal stenosis where the Brooks herniated disc leaks out of its outer bands and oozes into the spinal canal physically constricting and chemically inflaming the spinal nerve, an MRI revealing this often bodes well for the MRI’s owner. At one 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 influencing which patient would do better with early surgery or prolonged conservative care. (2) And the healing of these Brooks spinal stenosis related extrusions takes time and good, guided care like that from Soft Health and Healing Clinic.


Understand that as rates for spinal surgery increase – ten times across the US – so too do the rates of advanced spinal imaging. In one study, cities with more MRIs have more spine surgeries (and spinal stenosis surgery exactly). (3) Know too that what a surgeon makes out on MRI affects how he or she handles the spinal back surgery for stenosis. He/She considers the extent and location of nerve compression and degenerative changes at adjacent levels. Experienced surgeons reached agreement more with each other’s interpretations of MRI images than less experienced surgeons. (1) Experienced chiropractors like yours at Soft Health and Healing Clinic also are more adept at recognizing Brooks spinal stenosis as the diagnosis.


Treat it actively. Do not depend on passive care like bed rest. That’s old school care. Give it time. Take part in the active, conservative care your Brooks chiropractor shares with you for at least 6-8 weeks to see some change because there is no sure difference between surgical (though faster relief may come) and non-surgical care after a year or two. (4) Soft Health and Healing Clinic utilizes the Cox Technic System of Spine Pain Management for Brooks 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 done) or surgical or other care consultation becomes necessary.

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

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