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Chiropractic Care Questions The Curiosity of MRIs

MRI. What does it do for Chicago back pain and related leg pain? That is a intriguing question. Diagnosing Chicago lumbar spinal stenosis doesn’t always need an MRI for a clear diagnosis. MRI images can be revealing…and demanding of clinical tests to determine what those images really suggest. An MRI is a well-known procedure to many Chicago chiropractic patients seeking Chicago back pain relief, but the MRI’s timing and outcomes need cautious consideration as to when they’re taken and what they really imply for the chiropractic treatment of spinal stenosis at Chiropractic Care.


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 growth of this group, by 2025 59% of them are expected to have spinal stenosis. (1) Often your Chicago chiropractor can diagnose spinal stenosis with only a few questions and physical examination findings with no an MRI. Your Chicago chiropractor may use the MRI as a verifying trial of the Chicago chiropractic clinical examination diagnosis already made just by seeing you.


In the case of a disc extrusion triggering spinal stenosis where the Chicago 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 revealing this many times bodes well for the MRI’s owner. At one year later, whether treated with surgery or without, the back-related sciatica patient had less leg pain. In this case an MRI doesn’t help much in determining which patient would do better with early surgery or prolonged conservative care. (2) And the healing of these Chicago spinal stenosis related extrusions takes time and good, guided care like that from Chiropractic Care.


Know that as rates for spinal surgery rise – ten times across the US – so too do the rates of advanced spinal imaging. In one study, areas with more MRIs have more spine surgeries (and spinal stenosis surgery specifically). (3) Know too that what a surgeon sees on MRI affects how he or she manages the spinal back surgery for stenosis. He/She studies the extent and location of nerve compression as well as degenerative changes at adjacent levels. Experienced surgeons agreed more with each other’s understandings of MRI images than less experienced surgeons. (1) Experienced chiropractors like yours at Chiropractic Care also are more proficient at recognizing Chicago spinal stenosis as the diagnosis.


Treat it actively. Don’t rely on passive care like bed rest. That’s old school care. Give it time. Take part in the active, conservative care your Chicago chiropractor shares with you for at least 6-8 weeks to witness some change because there is no clear difference between surgical (though quicker relief may come) and non-surgical care after a year or two. (4) Chiropractic Care uses the Cox Technic System of Spine Pain Management for Chicago 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 required (if you’ve not had one taken) or surgical or other care consultation becomes necessary.

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

Chicago MRIs for spinal stenosis may be revealing…or puzzling. 
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