Atiyeh Chiropractic and Functional Neurology Questions The Curiosity of MRIs

MRI. What does it mean for Plymouth back pain and related leg pain? That’s a peculiar question. Diagnosing Plymouth lumbar spinal stenosis does not always require an MRI for a clear diagnosis. MRI images can be enlightening…and calling for clinical tests to determine what those images really signify. An MRI is a recognized procedure to many Plymouth chiropractic patients wanting Plymouth back pain relief, but the MRI’s arranging and outcomes need cautious thought as to when they’re taken and what they really indicate for the chiropractic treatment of spinal stenosis at Atiyeh Chiropractic and Functional Neurology.


Spinal stenosis is a common condition and the most usual sign for spinal back surgery in the over-65 age set of people. With the expansion of this group, by 2025 59% of them are predicted to acquire spinal stenosis. (1) Often your Plymouth chiropractor can identify spinal stenosis with only a few questions and physical examination findings with no an MRI. Your Plymouth chiropractor may order an MRI as a verifying exam of the Plymouth chiropractic clinical examination diagnosis already made just by examining you.


In the event of a disc extrusion triggering spinal stenosis where the Plymouth herniated disc escapes 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 managed with surgery or without, the back-related sciatica patient had less leg pain. In this case an MRI does not help much in influencing which patient would do better with early surgery or lengthy conservative care. (2) And the healing of these Plymouth spinal stenosis related extrusions takes time and good, guided care like that from Atiyeh Chiropractic and Functional Neurology.


Understand that as rates for spinal surgery increase – ten times across the US – so too do the rates of advanced spinal imaging. In a study, areas with more MRIs saw more spine surgeries (and spinal stenosis surgery specifically). (3) Know too that what a surgeon makes out on MRI affects how he or she approaches 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 agreed more with each other’s interpretations of MRI images than less experienced surgeons. (1) Experienced chiropractors like yours at Atiyeh Chiropractic and Functional Neurology also are more skilled at recognizing Plymouth spinal stenosis as the diagnosis.


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

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

Plymouth MRIs for spinal stenosis may be revealing…or confusing. 
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