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Malverne Health & Wellness Questions The Curiosity of MRIs

MRI. What does it do for Malverne back pain and related leg pain? That is a peculiar question. Diagnosing Malverne lumbar spinal stenosis does not always require an MRI for a definitive diagnosis. MRI images can be revealing…and calling for clinical tests to establish what those images really mean. An MRI is a well-known test to many Malverne chiropractic patients seeking Malverne back pain relief, but the MRI’s arranging and results need careful thought as to when they’re taken and what they really mean for the chiropractic care of spinal stenosis at Malverne Health & Wellness.


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


In the case of a disc extrusion causing spinal stenosis where the Malverne 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 often bodes well for the MRI’s owner. A year later, whether treated with surgery or without, the back-related leg pain patient had less leg pain. In this case an MRI does not help much in influencing which patient would do better with quicker surgery or lengthy conservative care. (2) And the healing of these Malverne spinal stenosis related extrusions takes time and good, guided care like that from Malverne Health & Wellness.


Understand that as rates for spinal surgery increase – ten times across the US – so too do the rates of advanced spinal imaging. In a study, cities with more MRIs have more spine surgeries (and spinal stenosis surgery specifically). (3) Understand too that what a surgeon notices on MRI affects how he or she handles 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 interpretations of MRI images than less experienced surgeons. (1) Experienced chiropractors like yours at Malverne Health & Wellness also are more adept at picking up on Malverne 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 Malverne chiropractor shares with you for at least 6-8 weeks to witness some change because there is no clear difference between surgical (though quicker relief may come) and non-surgical care after a year or two. (4) Malverne Health & Wellness utilizes the Cox Technic System of Spine Pain Management for Malverne 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 becomes necessary.

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

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