Spine & Sports Rehab Center Questions The Curiosity of MRIs

MRI. What does it do for Baton Rouge back pain and related leg pain? That’s a intriguing question. Diagnosing Baton Rouge lumbar spinal stenosis does not always need an MRI for a clear diagnosis. MRI images can be enlightening…and demanding of clinical tests to ascertain what those images really suggest. An MRI is a familiar test to many Baton Rouge chiropractic patients seeking Baton Rouge back pain relief, but the MRI’s arranging and outcomes require careful consideration as to when they are ordered and what they really imply for the chiropractic care of spinal stenosis at Spine & Sports Rehab Center.


Spinal stenosis is a normal condition and the most usual 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 predicted to have spinal stenosis. (1) Often your Baton Rouge chiropractor can identify spinal stenosis with just a few questions and physical examination discoveries without an MRI. Your Baton Rouge chiropractor may use the MRI as a verifying trial of the Baton Rouge chiropractic clinical examination diagnosis previously determined just by seeing you.


In the event of a disc extrusion causing spinal stenosis where the Baton Rouge 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 showing this often bodes well for the MRI’s patient. At one year later, whether treated with surgery or without, the back-related sciatica 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 long conservative care. (2) And the healing of these Baton Rouge spinal stenosis related extrusions takes time and good, guided care like that from Spine & Sports Rehab Center.


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, areas with more MRIs saw more spine surgeries (and spinal stenosis surgery specifically). (3) Understand too that what a surgeon spots on MRI influences how he or she handles the spinal back surgery for stenosis. He/She considers the degree 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 Spine & Sports Rehab Center also are more proficient at recognizing Baton Rouge 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 Baton Rouge chiropractor shares with you for at least 6-8 weeks to witness some change because there’s no sure difference between surgical (though faster relief may come) and non-surgical care after a year or two. (4) Spine & Sports Rehab Center utilizes the Cox Technic System of Spine Pain Management for Baton Rouge 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 turns out to be necessary.

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

Baton Rouge  MRIs for spinal stenosis may be revealing…or puzzling. 
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