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Chiropractic Solutions Questions The Curiosity of MRIs

MRI. What does it do for San Jose back pain and related leg pain? That is a intriguing question. Diagnosing San Jose lumbar spinal stenosis does not always require an MRI for a clear diagnosis. MRI images can be enlightening…and demanding of clinical tests to verify what those images really mean. An MRI is a familiar procedure to a lot of San Jose chiropractic patients seeking San Jose back pain relief, but the MRI’s timing and outcomes need cautious thought as to when they are taken and what they really indicate for the chiropractic care of spinal stenosis at Chiropractic Solutions.


Spinal stenosis is a common condition and the most usual 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) Often your San Jose chiropractor can identify spinal stenosis with only a few questions and physical examination discoveries without an MRI. Your San Jose chiropractor may order an MRI as a confirming exam of the San Jose chiropractic clinical examination diagnosis already made just by examining you.


In the event of a disc extrusion causing spinal stenosis where the San Jose herniated disc escapes 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 patient. A year later, whether treated surgically or non-surgically, 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 San Jose spinal stenosis related extrusions takes time and good, guided care like that from Chiropractic Solutions.


Know that as rates for spinal surgery increase – ten times across the US – so too do the rates of advanced spinal imaging. In one study, areas with more MRIs saw 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 as well as degenerative changes at adjacent levels. Experienced surgeons reached agreement more with each other’s understandings of MRI images than less experienced surgeons. (1) Experienced chiropractors like yours at Chiropractic Solutions also are more adept at picking up on San Jose spinal stenosis as the diagnosis.


Treat it actively. Don’t rely on passive care like bed rest. That is old school care. Give it time. Participate in the active, conservative care your San Jose chiropractor shares with you for at least 6-8 weeks to see some change because there’s no clear difference between surgical (though faster relief may come) and non-surgical care after a year or two. (4) Chiropractic Solutions utilizes the Cox Technic System of Spine Pain Management for San Jose 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’ve not had one done) or surgical or other care consultation becomes necessary.

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

San Jose MRIs for spinal stenosis may be revealing…or confusing. 
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