Disc Centers Of America Questions The Curiosity of MRIs

MRI. What does it mean for Buffalo, NY back pain and related leg pain? That’s a intriguing question. Diagnosing Buffalo, NY lumbar spinal stenosis doesn’t always need an MRI for a definitive diagnosis. MRI images can be informative…and demanding of clinical tests to establish what those images really mean. An MRI is a familiar test to many Buffalo, NY chiropractic patients seeking Buffalo, NY back pain relief, but the MRI’s timing and outcomes require careful consideration as to when they’re ordered and what they really mean for the chiropractic treatment of spinal stenosis at Disc Centers Of America.


Spinal stenosis is a normal condition and the most usual sign for spinal back surgery in the over-65 age group. With the expansion of this group, by 2025 59% of them are predicted to acquire spinal stenosis. (1) Often your Buffalo, NY chiropractor can identify spinal stenosis with just a few questions and physical examination answers with no an MRI. Your Buffalo, NY chiropractor may use the MRI as a verifying trial of the Buffalo, NY chiropractic clinical examination diagnosis previously determined just by seeing you.


In the event of a disc extrusion triggering spinal stenosis where the Buffalo, NY herniated disc escapes its outer bands and seeps out into the spinal canal physically compressing and chemically inflaming the spinal nerve, an MRI showing this often bodes well for the MRI’s owner. At one year later, whether treated surgically or non-surgically, the back-related leg pain patient had less leg pain. In this case an MRI does not help much in influencing which patient would do better with quicker surgery or lengthy conservative care. (2) And the healing of these Buffalo, NY spinal stenosis related extrusions takes time and good, guided care like that from Disc Centers Of America.


Understand that as rates for spinal surgery increase – 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 makes out on MRI affects how he or she manages the spinal back surgery for stenosis. He/She considers the extent and location of nerve compression as well as degenerative changes at adjacent levels. Experienced surgeons reached agreement more with each other’s interpretations of MRI images than less experienced surgeons. (1) Experienced chiropractors like yours at Disc Centers Of America also are more proficient at picking up on Buffalo, NY spinal stenosis as the diagnosis.


Treat it actively. Don’t rely on passive care like bed rest. That is old school care. Give it time. Take part in the active, conservative care your Buffalo, NY chiropractor shares with you for at least 6-8 weeks to witness some change because there’s no sure difference between surgical (though faster relief may come) and non-surgical care after a year or two. (4) Disc Centers Of America utilizes the Cox Technic System of Spine Pain Management for Buffalo, NY 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 becomes necessary.

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

Buffalo, NY MRIs for spinal stenosis may be revealing…or confusing. 
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