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Watertown Wellness Center Questions The Curiosity of MRIs

MRI. What does it do for Watertown back pain and related leg pain? That is a peculiar question. Diagnosing Watertown lumbar spinal stenosis doesn’t always need an MRI for a clear diagnosis. MRI images can be enlightening…and demanding of clinical tests to determine what those images really mean. An MRI is a familiar procedure to many Watertown chiropractic patients seeking Watertown back pain relief, but the MRI’s timing and results need cautious consideration as to when they’re taken and what they really mean for the chiropractic treatment of spinal stenosis at Watertown Wellness Center.


Spinal stenosis is a normal condition and the most common indicator for spinal back surgery in the over-65 age set of people. With the growth of this group, by 2025 59% of them are predicted to have spinal stenosis. (1) Many times your Watertown chiropractor can diagnose spinal stenosis with just a few questions and physical examination discoveries without an MRI. Your Watertown chiropractor may use the MRI as a verifying trial of the Watertown chiropractic clinical examination diagnosis previously made just by seeing you.


In the case of a disc extrusion triggering spinal stenosis where the Watertown 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 treated with surgery or without, the back-related leg pain patient had less leg pain. In this case an MRI doesn’t help much in influencing which patient would do better with early surgery or lengthy conservative care. (2) And the healing of these Watertown spinal stenosis related extrusions takes time and good, guided care like that from Watertown Wellness Center.


Understand that as rates for spinal surgery rise – ten times across the US – so too do the rates of advanced spinal imaging. In a study, cities with more MRIs saw more spine surgeries (and spinal stenosis surgery specifically). (3) Understand too that what a surgeon makes out on MRI affects how he or she manages 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 understandings of MRI images than less experienced surgeons. (1) Experienced chiropractors like yours at Watertown Wellness Center also are more adept at picking up on Watertown spinal stenosis as the diagnosis.


Treat it actively. Don’t depend on passive care like bed rest. That’s old school care. Give it time. Participate in the active, conservative care your Watertown chiropractor shares with you for at least 6-8 weeks to see some change because there’s no sure difference between surgical (though quicker relief may come) and non-surgical care after a year or two. (4) Watertown Wellness Center utilizes the Cox Technic System of Spine Pain Management for Watertown 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 required (if you have not had one taken) or surgical or other care consultation turns out to be necessary.

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

Watertown MRIs for spinal stenosis may be revealing…or confusing. 
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