“Your MRI shows some Modic changes.” Paramus Medical & Sports Rehabilitation Center says “Do not fret too
much.” Our Paramus back pain and neck pain patients have
good company regarding MRI reports talking
about Modic changes. The research is developing
about just what MRI-documented Modic changes suggest
for a patient..and what they do not. Paramus Medical & Sports Rehabilitation Center puts perspective
around these common MRI findings.
WHAT ARE MODIC CHANGES?
“Modic changes” is a term used to describe the degenerative changes to the vertebral endplates. 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 describe the replacement of bone with bony
sclerosis with minimal bone marrow remaining. (1) Paramus Medical & Sports Rehabilitation Center
appreciates the chance to take care of
a painful back as early in this flow of change as possible. Paramus Medical & Sports Rehabilitation Center treats disc degeneration and spinal degenerative changes.
WHAT MODIC CHANGES TELL 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 come with disc degeneration.
Greater Modic changes were tied to greater 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 appeared to have minor
effects, if any, on the development of Modic changes in the lumbar spine. (3) Clearly,
Paramus Medical & Sports Rehabilitation Center encourages proper lifestyle choices for overall
WHAT MODIC CHANGES REVEAL ABOUT RECOVERY?
What is unclear is the research regarding just
what Modic changes imply for back pain
patients. Recent research demonstrated that Modic
changes were not understood to be negatively affiliated
with long-term pain, disability, or sick leave. The research 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 hopeful
news to our Paramus chiropractic back pain patients!
CONTACT Paramus Medical & Sports Rehabilitation Center
Listen to this PODCAST
with Dr. Robert Rudy on The
Back Doctors’ Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson who detailed
his treatment plan with the Cox® Technic System
for their back pain relief to his patients so they understand.
Schedule your Paramus chiropractic appointment now.
Bring any MRIs with you. Together, Paramus Medical & Sports Rehabilitation Center and you will look
at them for information and create a treatment plan for
Paramus back pain relief that will keep us both from panicking!