Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center Calmly Considers MRIs Modic Changes

“There are some Modic changes on your MRI report.” Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center says “Don’t panic too much.” Our Pensacola back pain and neck pain patients have good company regarding MRI reports talking about Modic changes. The research is evolving about just what MRI-documented Modic changes suggest for a patient..and what they don’t mean. Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center puts perspective around these common MRI findings.


“Modic changes” is a phrase used to explain the changes of the spine’s vertebral endplates which are linked to spinal degeneration. Modic type I changes are essentially regarded as bone marrow edema and inflammation signifying acute degenerative changes.  Modic type II changes represent fatty degeneration of the bone marrow. Modic III changes are the replacement of bone with bony sclerosis with minimal bone marrow left. (1) Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center likes the chance to take care of a painful back as early in this flow of change as possible. Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center treats disc degeneration and spinal degenerative changes.


Modic changes are familiar findings on MRI. Modic changes on MRI appear 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 nonappearance of daily vehicle vibration looked to have minor effects, if any, on the development of Modic changes in the lumbar spine. (3) Clearly, Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center encourages proper lifestyle choices for overall good health!


What is unclear is the research regarding just what Modic changes connote for back pain patients. Recent research demonstrated that Modic changes were not understood to be negatively associated with long-term pain, disability, or sick leave. The research stated that low back pain patients who had Modic changes had much less disability and sick-leave at long-term follow-up. (4) This is encouraging info to our Pensacola 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 understand.

Schedule your Pensacola chiropractic appointment now. Bring your MRIs with you. Together, Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center and you will look at them for information and develop a treatment plan for Pensacola back pain relief that will prevent us both from panicking!

Pensacola Spinal 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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