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Watertown Wellness Center Calmly Considers MRIs Modic Changes

“There are some Modic changes on your MRI report.” Watertown Wellness Center says “Don’t panic too much.” Our Watertown back pain and neck pain patients are in good company when it comes to MRI reports revealing Modic changes. The research is developing about just what Modic changes on MRI mean for a patient..and what they do not. Watertown Wellness Center creates some perspective about these usual MRI findings.

WHAT ARE MODIC CHANGES?

“Modic changes” is a term used to explain the degenerative changes to the vertebral endplates. Modic type I changes are essentially 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 signify the replacement of bone with bony sclerosis with minimal bone marrow remaining. (1) Watertown Wellness Center appreciates the chance to treat a painful back earlier in this cascade of change whenever possible. Watertown Wellness Center 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 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 higher 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, Watertown Wellness Center urges proper lifestyle choices for optimal health!

WHAT MODIC CHANGES REVEAL ABOUT RECOVERY?

What is unclear is the research regarding just what Modic changes connote for 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 reported that low back pain patients with Modic changes had significantly less disability and sick-leave at long-term follow-up. (4) This is hopeful news to our Watertown chiropractic back pain patients!

CONTACT Watertown Wellness Center

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

Schedule your Watertown chiropractic appointment today. Bring any MRIs with you. Together, Watertown Wellness Center and you will study them for information and develop a treatment plan for Watertown back pain relief that will prevent us both from panicking!

Watertown Wellness Center sees many back pain and neck pain patients who bring their MRIs with them to the office. Modic changes are often seen.  
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