“Your MRI shows some Modic changes.” Shoreline Medical Services/ 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 evolving
about just what MRI-documented Modic changes suggest
for a patient..and what they don’t mean. Shoreline Medical Services/ Hutter Chiropractic Office creates some perspective about these common MRI findings.
WHAT ARE MODIC CHANGES?
“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) Shoreline Medical Services/ Hutter Chiropractic Office
appreciates the chance to treat
a painful back earlier in this
cascade of change whenever possible. Shoreline Medical Services/ Hutter Chiropractic Office treats disc degeneration and spinal degenerative changes.
WHAT MODIC CHANGES TELL ABOUT THE SPINE?
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,
Shoreline Medical Services/ Hutter Chiropractic Office urges proper lifestyle choices for overall
WHAT MODIC CHANGES REVEAL ABOUT RECOVERY?
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!
CONTACT Shoreline Medical Services/ Hutter Chiropractic Office
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, Shoreline Medical Services/ 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!