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Back Pain Imaging and Exercise

February 15, 2024

Spinal imaging reveals much about a Fort Wayne back pain and leg pain sufferers’ condition. Imaging must be reviewed carefully, of course, for what it shows as well as the way various imaging methods compare to others. Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc appreciates all the input from you, the Fort Wayne back pain patient, as well as your imaging and examination testing findings to individualize your Fort Wayne chiropractic treatment plan for pain relief.


Disc herniation and leg and/or back pain seem to come together, too, but so much more may be incorporated: degenerative disc disease, annulus fibrosus rupture, irritated and compressed nerve roots and cauda equina from the herniation itself. A newer study traced the effects of exercise on a disc herniation’s neuromechanical compression, its inflammatory chemical stimulation, and its autoimmune response. (1) Imaging shows pretty pictures of the disc herniation…that Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc correlates with your symptomatology!


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 compared 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 lesser, 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 who didn’t have back pain plain film measurements were bigger compared to those on CT. (3) Another imaging finding your Fort Wayne chiropractor is quite aware of is called Modic change. It’s another imaging finding that is very revealing in that Modic change (mainly type II) is related with abdominal aortic calcification by way of a lower blood supply or even poorer systemic vascularization owing to atherosclerotic disease. (4) It’s another insight we can use to determine what’s going on in your spine. Finally, a spinal imaging finding that is quite usual 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 not see! Another good reason to start a good spinal exercise program!


Exercise may be quite effective in managing the lumbar disc herniation which is why Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc includes some simple lumbar spine exercises to start on day one. We inspire our back pain patients to continue performing these easy exercises and are happy to back 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 reacted well to treatment with The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.

Make your Fort Wayne chiropractic appointment now to visit us! Whether you have spinal imaging currently or need it, your Fort Wayne chiropractor can help make sense of its relevance to your journey to back pain relief.

Fort Wayne back pain imaging and exercise