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Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn Calmly Considers MRIs Modic Changes

“Your MRI shows some Modic changes.” Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn says “Do not fret too much.” Our Ashburn back pain and neck pain patients have good company regarding MRI reports reporting Modic changes. The research is evolving about just what Modic changes on MRI mean for a patient..and what they do not. Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn puts perspective around these common MRI findings.

WHAT ARE MODIC CHANGES?

“Modic changes” is a phrase used to describe 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 signify the replacement of bone with bony sclerosis with little bone marrow remaining. (1) Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn likes the chance to treat a painful back earlier in this cascade of change whenever possible. Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn treats disc degeneration and spinal degenerative changes.

WHAT MODIC CHANGES REVEAL ABOUT THE SPINE?

Modic changes are frequent 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 come with disc degeneration. Greater Modic changes were tied to higher age, higher body mass index, and adjacent disc degeneration. (2) Lifestyle and occupational factors like cigarette smoking, regular exercise, and nonappearance of daily vehicle vibration seemed to have minor effects, if any, on the development of Modic changes in the lumbar spine. (3) Clearly, Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn 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. New research showed that Modic changes were not understood to be negatively affiliated with long-term pain, disability, or sick leave. The research stated that low back pain patients with Modic changes had significantly less disability and sick-leave at long-term follow-up. (4) This is encouraging news to our Ashburn 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 Cox® Technic treatment plan for their back pain relief to his patients so they get it.

Schedule your Ashburn chiropractic appointment now. Bring your MRIs with you. Together, Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn and you will study them for information and create a treatment plan for Ashburn back pain relief that will keep us both from panicking!

Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn 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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