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Vancouver Disc Centers Questions The Curiosity of MRIs

MRI. What does it do for Vancouver back pain and related leg pain? That’s a intriguing question. Diagnosing Vancouver lumbar spinal stenosis does not always need an MRI for a clear diagnosis. MRI images can be informative…and demanding of clinical tests to ascertain what those images really mean. An MRI is a recognized procedure to many Vancouver chiropractic patients wanting Vancouver back pain relief, but the MRI’s arranging and outcomes need cautious thought as to when they’re ordered and what they really imply for the chiropractic care of spinal stenosis at Vancouver Disc Centers.


Spinal stenosis is a normal condition and the most common 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 have spinal stenosis. (1) Many times your Vancouver chiropractor can identify spinal stenosis with just a few questions and physical examination answers without an MRI. Your Vancouver chiropractor may order an MRI as a confirming test of the Vancouver chiropractic clinical examination diagnosis previously determined just by seeing you.


In the case of a disc extrusion causing spinal stenosis where the Vancouver herniated disc escapes its outer bands and oozes into the spinal canal physically constricting and chemically inflaming the spinal nerve, an MRI showing this often bodes well for the MRI’s patient. 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 influencing which patient would do better with early surgery or prolonged conservative care. (2) And the healing of these Vancouver spinal stenosis related extrusions takes time and good, guided care like that from Vancouver Disc Centers.


Know 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 have more spine surgeries (and spinal stenosis surgery specifically). (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 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 Vancouver Disc Centers also are more adept at picking up on Vancouver spinal stenosis as the diagnosis.


Treat it actively. Do not depend on passive care like bed rest. That’s old school care. Give it time. Take part in the active, conservative care your Vancouver chiropractor shares with you for at least 6-8 weeks to see some change because there is no sure difference between surgical (though quicker relief may come) and non-surgical care after a year or two. (4) Vancouver Disc Centers utilizes the Cox Technic System of Spine Pain Management for Vancouver 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 done) or surgical or other care consultation turns out to be necessary.

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

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