Vancouver Spine Care Centre 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 doesn’t always need an MRI for a clear diagnosis. MRI images can be enlightening…and demanding of clinical tests to determine what those images really suggest. An MRI is a familiar procedure to many Vancouver chiropractic patients wanting Vancouver back pain relief, but the MRI’s arranging and results need careful thought as to when they’re ordered and what they really mean for the chiropractic care of spinal stenosis at Vancouver Spine Care Centre.


Spinal stenosis is a common condition and the most common sign for spinal back surgery in the over-65 age group. With the growth of this group, by 2025 59% of them are expected to have spinal stenosis. (1) Many times your Vancouver chiropractor can diagnose spinal stenosis with just a few questions and physical examination discoveries without an MRI. Your Vancouver chiropractor may use the MRI as a verifying trial of the Vancouver chiropractic clinical examination diagnosis previously determined just by examining you.


In the case of a disc extrusion causing spinal stenosis where the Vancouver herniated disc leaks out of its outer bands and oozes into the spinal canal physically constricting and chemically irritating the spinal nerve, an MRI revealing this many times bodes well for the MRI’s patient. At one year later, whether treated with surgery or without, the back-related leg pain patient had less leg pain. In this case an MRI doesn’t help much in influencing which patient would do better with quicker surgery or lengthy conservative care. (2) And the healing of these Vancouver spinal stenosis related extrusions takes time and good, guided care like that from Vancouver Spine Care Centre.


Know that as rates for spinal surgery rise – ten times across the US – so too do the rates of advanced spinal imaging. In one study, cities with more MRIs have more spine surgeries (and spinal stenosis surgery specifically). (3) Understand too that what a surgeon sees on MRI influences how he or she manages the spinal back surgery for stenosis. He/She considers the degree 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 Vancouver Spine Care Centre also are more proficient at picking up on Vancouver spinal stenosis as the diagnosis.


Treat it actively. Don’t rely 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 Spine Care Centre 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 necessary (if you have not had one taken) or surgical or other care consultation turns out to be necessary.

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Schedule a Vancouver chiropractic appointment to see 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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