Spine & Sports Rehab Center Calmly Considers MRIs Modic Changes

“There are some Modic changes on your MRI report.” Spine & Sports Rehab Center says “Don’t fret too much.” Our Baton Rouge back pain and neck pain patients have good company when it comes to MRI reports talking about Modic changes. The research is developing about just what Modic changes on MRI mean for a patient..and what they do not. Spine & Sports Rehab Center puts perspective around these common MRI findings.


“Modic changes” is a phrase used to describe the changes of the spine’s vertebral endplates which are linked to spinal degeneration. Modic type I changes are essentially 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 describe the replacement of bone with bony sclerosis with little bone marrow remaining. (1) Spine & Sports Rehab Center likes the opportunity to treat a painful back as early in this flow of change as possible. Spine & Sports Rehab Center treats disc degeneration and spinal degenerative changes.


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 looked to have minor effects, if any, on the development of Modic changes in the lumbar spine. (3) Clearly, Spine & Sports Rehab Center encourages proper lifestyle choices for optimal health!


What is unclear is the research regarding just what Modic changes suggest about back pain patients. New research showed 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 much less disability and sick-leave at long-term follow-up. (4) This is hopeful info to our Baton Rouge 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 described his Cox® Technic treatment plan for their back pain relief to his patients so they get it.

Schedule your Baton Rouge chiropractic appointment today. Bring your MRIs with you. Together, Spine & Sports Rehab Center and you will study them for information and develop a treatment plan for Baton Rouge back pain relief that will prevent us both from panicking!

Spine & Sports Rehab Center sees many back pain and neck pain patients who bring their MRIs with them to the office. Modic changes are often seen.  
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