“There are some Modic changes
on your MRI report.” The practice of Dr. Tim Schneider says “Don’t fret too
much.” Our Ottawa back pain and neck pain patients are in
good company regarding MRI reports talking
about Modic changes. The research is evolving
about just what Modic changes on MRI suggest
for a patient..and what they don’t mean. The practice of Dr. Tim Schneider puts perspective
around these usual 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 basically considered
to be bone marrow edema and inflammation indicating
acute degenerative changes. Modic type
II changes signify fatty degeneration of the bone marrow. Modic
III changes are the replacement of bone with bony
sclerosis with minimal bone marrow left. (1) The practice of Dr. Tim Schneider
appreciates the chance to take care of
a painful back earlier in this
cascade of change whenever possible. The practice of Dr. Tim Schneider 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 greatly associated with low back pain. (1) They
are age-related degenerative findings that accompany 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 absence
of daily vehicle vibration appeared to have slight
effects, if any, on the development of Modic changes in the lumbar spine. (3) Clearly,
The practice of Dr. Tim Schneider encourages proper lifestyle choices for optimal health!
WHAT MODIC CHANGES SUGGEST ABOUT RECOVERY?
What is unclear is the research regarding just
what Modic changes suggest about back pain
patients. New research demonstrated that Modic
changes were not understood to be negatively associated
with long-term pain, disability, or sick leave. The research reported
that low back pain patients who had Modic changes had significantly
less disability and sick-leave at long-term follow-up. (4) This is encouraging
info to our Ottawa chiropractic back pain patients!
CONTACT The practice of Dr. Tim Schneider
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 understand.
Schedule your Ottawa chiropractic appointment today.
Bring your MRIs with you. Together, The practice of Dr. Tim Schneider and you will look
at them for information and develop a treatment plan for
Ottawa back pain relief that will prevent us both from panicking!