The practice of Dr. Tim Schneider Questions The Curiosity of MRIs

MRI. What does it do for Ottawa back pain and related leg pain? That is a intriguing question. Diagnosing Ottawa lumbar spinal stenosis does not always require an MRI for a definitive diagnosis. MRI images can be enlightening…and demanding of clinical tests to ascertain what those images really suggest. An MRI is a recognized procedure to a lot of Ottawa chiropractic patients seeking Ottawa back pain relief, but the MRI’s arranging and outcomes require cautious consideration as to when they are taken and what they really imply for the chiropractic care of spinal stenosis at The practice of Dr. Tim Schneider.


Spinal stenosis is a normal condition and the most common sign for spinal back surgery in the over-65 age set of people. With the expansion of this group, by 2025 59% of them are expected to have spinal stenosis. (1) Many times your Ottawa chiropractor can diagnose spinal stenosis with just a few questions and physical examination discoveries with no an MRI. Your Ottawa chiropractor may order an MRI as a verifying exam of the Ottawa chiropractic clinical examination diagnosis previously determined just by seeing you.


In the event of a disc extrusion triggering spinal stenosis where the Ottawa herniated disc leaks out of its outer bands and seeps out into the spinal canal physically compressing and chemically inflaming the spinal nerve, an MRI revealing this many times bodes well for the MRI’s patient. At one year later, whether managed with surgery or without, the back-related leg pain patient had less leg pain. In this case an MRI doesn’t help much in determining which patient would do better with quicker surgery or long conservative care. (2) And the healing of these Ottawa spinal stenosis related extrusions takes time and good, guided care like that from The practice of Dr. Tim Schneider.


Understand that as rates for spinal surgery increase – ten times across the US – so too do the rates of advanced spinal imaging. In one study, areas with more MRIs have more spine surgeries (and spinal stenosis surgery exactly). (3) Understand too that what a surgeon sees 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 The practice of Dr. Tim Schneider also are more adept at recognizing Ottawa spinal stenosis as the diagnosis.


Treat it actively. Don’t rely on passive care like bed rest. That is old school care. Give it time. Participate in the active, conservative care your Ottawa 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) The practice of Dr. Tim Schneider uses the Cox Technic System of Spine Pain Management for Ottawa 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’ve not had one taken) or surgical or other care consultation becomes necessary.

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

Ottawa MRIs for spinal stenosis may be revealing…or puzzling. 
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