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Spinal Care Clinic Questions The Curiosity of MRIs

MRI. What does it mean for Burlington and Hamilton back pain and related leg pain? That is a peculiar question. Diagnosing Burlington and Hamilton lumbar spinal stenosis doesn’t always require an MRI for a clear diagnosis. MRI images can be revealing…and demanding of clinical tests to determine what those images really signify. An MRI is a familiar test to many Burlington and Hamilton chiropractic patients wanting Burlington and Hamilton back pain relief, but the MRI’s arranging and outcomes need cautious consideration as to when they’re taken and what they really indicate for the chiropractic care of spinal stenosis at Spinal Care Clinic.

HOW TO DIAGNOSE Burlington and Hamilton STENOSIS

Spinal stenosis is a normal condition and the most common sign for spinal back surgery in the over-65 age group. With the growth of this group, by 2025 59% of them are predicted to acquire spinal stenosis. (1) Many times your Burlington and Hamilton chiropractor can identify spinal stenosis with only a few questions and physical examination discoveries with no an MRI. Your Burlington and Hamilton chiropractor may order an MRI as a confirming trial of the Burlington and Hamilton chiropractic clinical examination diagnosis previously determined just by seeing you.

WHAT THE Burlington and Hamilton MRI SHOWS

In the case of a disc extrusion triggering spinal stenosis where the Burlington and Hamilton herniated disc leaks out of its outer bands and seeps out into the spinal canal physically constricting and chemically irritating the spinal nerve, an MRI showing this often bodes well for the MRI’s owner. At one year later, whether managed with surgery or without, the back-related sciatica patient had less leg pain. In this case an MRI doesn’t help much in influencing which patient would do better with quicker surgery or prolonged conservative care. (2) And the healing of these Burlington and Hamilton spinal stenosis related extrusions takes time and good, guided care like that from Spinal Care Clinic.

HOW THE Burlington and Hamilton MRI INFLUENCES CARE

Know that as rates for spinal surgery increase – ten times across the US – so too do the rates of advanced spinal imaging. In one study, cities with more MRIs have more spine surgeries (and spinal stenosis surgery exactly). (3) Understand too that what a surgeon makes out 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 agreed more with each other’s interpretations of MRI images than less experienced surgeons. (1) Experienced chiropractors like yours at Spinal Care Clinic also are more skilled at recognizing Burlington and Hamilton spinal stenosis as the diagnosis.

WHAT TO DO FOR Burlington and Hamilton STENOSIS AND SCIATICA

Treat it actively. Don’t depend on passive care like bed rest. That’s old school care. Give it time. Take part in the active, conservative care your Burlington and Hamilton chiropractor shares with you for at least 6-8 weeks to see some change because there’s no clear difference between surgical (though faster relief may come) and non-surgical care after a year or two. (4) Spinal Care Clinic uses the Cox Technic System of Spine Pain Management for Burlington and Hamilton spinal stenosis and back pain relief care. The 50% Rule guides treatment frequency and treatment progress as well as decision-making as to when/if an MRI is necessary (if you have not had one taken) or surgical or other care consultation turns out to be necessary.

CONTACT Spinal Care Clinic

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

 
Burlington and Hamilton MRIs for spinal stenosis may be revealing…or confusing. 
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