“There are some Modic changes
on your MRI report.” Malverne Health & Wellness says “Don’t fret too
much.” Our Malverne back pain and neck pain patients are in
good company when it comes to MRI reports revealing Modic changes. The research is evolving
about just what MRI-documented Modic changes suggest
for a patient..and what they don’t mean. Malverne Health & Wellness creates some perspective about these usual MRI findings.
WHAT ARE MODIC CHANGES?
“Modic changes” is a phrase used to describe the changes of
the spine’s vertebral endplates which are connected to
spinal degeneration. Modic type I changes are essentially regarded as bone marrow edema and inflammation indicating
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 little bone marrow remaining. (1) Malverne Health & Wellness
likes the chance to treat
a painful back earlier in this
cascade of change whenever possible. Malverne Health & Wellness treats disc degeneration and spinal degenerative changes.
WHAT MODIC CHANGES REVEAL ABOUT THE SPINE?
Modic changes are common findings on
MRI. Modic changes on MRI are seen 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 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 seemed to have slight
effects, if any, on the development of Modic changes in the lumbar spine. (3) Clearly,
Malverne Health & Wellness encourages proper lifestyle choices for overall
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 affiliated
with long-term pain, disability, or sick leave. The study stated
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
news to our Malverne chiropractic back pain patients!
CONTACT Malverne Health & Wellness
Listen to this PODCAST
with Dr. Robert Rudy on The
Back Doctors’ Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson who described
his Cox® Technic treatment plan
for their back pain relief to his patients so they get it.
Schedule your Malverne chiropractic appointment now.
Bring your MRIs with you. Together, Malverne Health & Wellness and you will study them for information and develop a treatment plan for
Malverne back pain relief that will prevent us both from panicking!