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Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc Questions The Curiosity of MRIs

MRI. What does it do for Fort Wayne back pain and related leg pain? That’s a peculiar question. Diagnosing Fort Wayne lumbar spinal stenosis does not always need an MRI for a definitive diagnosis. MRI images can be revealing…and demanding of clinical tests to determine what those images really mean. An MRI is a well-known test to a lot of Fort Wayne chiropractic patients seeking Fort Wayne back pain relief, but the MRI’s arranging and results need cautious thought as to when they’re taken and what they really imply for the chiropractic treatment of spinal stenosis at Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc.


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 growth of this group, by 2025 59% of them are predicted to have spinal stenosis. (1) Often your Fort Wayne chiropractor can identify spinal stenosis with only a few questions and physical examination discoveries without an MRI. Your Fort Wayne chiropractor may use the MRI as a verifying test of the Fort Wayne chiropractic clinical examination diagnosis already made just by examining you.


In the case of a disc extrusion triggering spinal stenosis where the Fort Wayne herniated disc leaks out of its outer bands and seeps out into the spinal canal physically compressing and chemically irritating the spinal nerve, an MRI revealing this often bodes well for the MRI’s owner. A 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 quicker surgery or long conservative care. (2) And the healing of these Fort Wayne spinal stenosis related extrusions takes time and good, guided care like that from Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc.


Know that as rates for spinal surgery rise – 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 approaches the spinal back surgery for stenosis. He/She studies the extent and location of nerve compression and degenerative changes at adjacent levels. Experienced surgeons agreed more with each other’s understandings of MRI images than less experienced surgeons. (1) Experienced chiropractors like yours at Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc also are more skilled at picking up on Fort Wayne spinal stenosis as the diagnosis.


Treat it actively. Don’t depend on passive care like bed rest. That is old school care. Give it time. Take part in the active, conservative care your Fort Wayne chiropractor shares with you for at least 6-8 weeks to see 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) Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc uses the Cox Technic System of Spine Pain Management for Fort Wayne 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’ve not had one done) or surgical or other care consultation turns out to be necessary.

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

Fort Wayne MRIs for spinal stenosis may be revealing…or puzzling. 
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