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Back Pain Imaging and Exercise

Spinal imaging reveals much about a Vancouver back pain and leg pain sufferers’ condition. Imaging must be carefully considered, of course, for what it reveals in addition to how various imaging methods contrast with others. Vancouver Disc Centers appreciates all the input from you, the Vancouver back pain patient, as well as your imaging and exam findings to individualize your Vancouver chiropractic treatment plan for pain relief.


Disc herniation and leg and/or back pain tend to come together, too, but so much more may be involved: disc degeneration, annulus fibrosus rupture, irritation and compression of nerve roots and cauda equina from the herniation itself. A newer study tracked the effects of exercise on a disc herniation’s neuromechanical compression, its inflammatory chemical stimulation, and its autoimmune response. (1) Imaging demonstrates pretty pictures of the disc herniation…that Vancouver Disc Centers associates with your symptoms!


Back pain and imaging tend to go together. When someone has back pain, xrays, CTs, and MRIs come to mind. Just what do these demonstrate? A study analyzed images of symptomatic patients to asymptomatic persons. MR imaging of those with back pain showed that various measurements differed: anteroposterior diameter dimensions of the vertebral canal varied, transverse diameter was smaller, and thecal sac area was smaller. (2) Caution is necessary to compare neuroforaminal measurements from CT scans and plain film as a study found that in patients without back pain plain film measurements were larger compared to those on CT. (3) Another imaging finding your Vancouver chiropractor is very aware of is called Modic change. It’s another imaging finding that is quite revealing in that Modic change (mainly type II) is linked with abdominal aortic calcification via a lower blood supply or even poorer systemic vascularization because of atherosclerotic disease. (4) It’s another insight we can use to determine what is going on in your spine. Finally, a spinal imaging finding that is quite common in back pain patients is fatty infiltration of the paraspinal muscles, more so in patients with degenerative lumbar spondylolisthesis. (5) We check the MRI images for that though it’s hard to miss! Another good reason to start a good spinal exercise program!


Exercise may be quite effective in dealing with the lumbar disc herniation which is why Vancouver Disc Centers incorporates some simple lumbar spine exercises to begin on day one. We inspire our back pain patients to continue performing these simple exercises and are happy to support anyone who wants to do more...after we talk!

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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Lee Hazen  on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes a case of degenerative spondylolisthesis that responded well to treatment with The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.

Schedule your Vancouver chiropractic appointment soon to visit us! Whether you have spinal imaging already or need it, your Vancouver chiropractor can assist in making sense of its relevance in your path to back pain relief.

Back Pain Imaging and Exercise 
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