The Novelli Wellness Center Calmly Considers MRIs Modic Changes

“Your MRI shows some Modic changes.” The Novelli Wellness Center says “Do not fret too much.” Our Buffalo, NY back pain and neck pain patients have good company concerning MRI reports revealing Modic changes. The research is developing about just what Modic changes on MRI suggest for a patient..and what they don’t mean. The Novelli Wellness Center creates some perspective about these usual MRI findings.


“Modic changes” is a phrase used to describe the changes of the spine’s vertebral endplates which are linked to spinal degeneration. Modic type I changes are essentially considered to be bone marrow edema and inflammation signifying acute degenerative changes.  Modic type II changes signify fatty degeneration of the bone marrow. Modic III changes are the replacement of bone with bony sclerosis with little bone marrow left. (1) The Novelli Wellness Center likes the chance to treat a painful back as early in this flow of change as possible. The Novelli Wellness Center treats disc degeneration and spinal degenerative changes.


Modic changes are common 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 come with disc degeneration. Greater Modic changes were linked to higher age, higher body mass index, and adjacent disc degeneration. (2) Lifestyle and occupational factors like cigarette smoking, regular exercise, and absence of daily vehicle vibration appeared to have minor effects, if any, on the development of Modic changes in the lumbar spine. (3) Clearly, The Novelli Wellness Center encourages proper lifestyle choices for overall good health!


What is unclear is the research about just what Modic changes imply for back pain patients. New research showed that Modic changes were not understood to be negatively associated with long-term pain, disability, or sick leave. The study 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 Buffalo, NY 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 treatment plan with the Cox® Technic System for their back pain relief to his patients so they understand.

Schedule your Buffalo, NY chiropractic appointment today. Bring your MRIs with you. Together, The Novelli Wellness Center and you will study them for information and develop a treatment plan for Buffalo, NY back pain relief that will prevent us both from panicking!

The Novelli Wellness Center sees many back pain and neck pain patients who bring their MRIs with them to the office. Modic changes are often noted.  
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