Hutter Chiropractic Office Calmly Considers MRIs Modic Changes

“Your MRI shows some Modic changes.” Hutter Chiropractic Office says “Do not fret too much.” Our Groton back pain and neck pain patients are in good company regarding MRI reports revealing Modic changes. The research is developing about just what MRI-documented Modic changes suggest for a patient..and what they don’t mean. Hutter Chiropractic Office creates some perspective about these common MRI findings.


“Modic changes” is a phrase used to explain the degenerative changes to the vertebral endplates. Modic type I changes are essentially considered to be bone marrow edema and inflammation indicating acute degenerative changes.  Modic type II changes represent fatty degeneration of the bone marrow. Modic III changes describe the replacement of bone with bony sclerosis with little bone marrow remaining. (1) Hutter Chiropractic Office appreciates the chance to treat a painful back earlier in this cascade of change whenever possible. Hutter Chiropractic Office treats disc degeneration and spinal degenerative changes.


Modic changes are common findings on MRI. Modic changes on MRI are seen in spinal degenerative diseases and are strongly related to 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 absence of daily vehicle vibration looked to have slight effects, if any, on the development of Modic changes in the lumbar spine. (3) Clearly, Hutter Chiropractic Office urges proper lifestyle choices for overall good health!


What is unclear is the research regarding just what Modic changes suggest about back pain patients. New research showed that Modic changes were not found to be negatively affiliated with long-term pain, disability, or sick leave. The study 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 hopeful info to our Groton 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 detailed his treatment plan with the Cox® Technic System for their back pain relief to his patients so they understand.

Schedule your Groton chiropractic appointment today. Bring your MRIs with you. Together, Hutter Chiropractic Office and you will look at them for information and create a treatment plan for Groton back pain relief that will keep us both from panicking!

Hutter Chiropractic Office 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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