Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation Calmly Considers MRIs Modic Changes

“Your MRI shows some Modic changes.” Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation says “Do not panic too much.” Our Baton Rouge back pain and neck pain patients are in good company when it comes to MRI reports revealing Modic changes. The research is evolving about just what MRI-documented Modic changes suggest for a patient..and what they do not. Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation creates some perspective about these usual MRI findings.


“Modic changes” is a phrase used to describe the degenerative changes to the vertebral endplates. Modic type I changes are basically regarded as bone marrow edema and inflammation indicating acute degenerative changes.  Modic type II changes represent fatty degeneration of the bone marrow. Modic III changes describe the replacement of bone with bony sclerosis with little bone marrow remaining. (1) Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation appreciates the opportunity to take care of a painful back as early in this flow of change as possible. Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation treats disc degeneration and spinal degenerative changes.


Modic changes are frequent findings on MRI. Modic changes on MRI are seen in spinal degenerative diseases and are strongly related to low back pain. (1) They are age-related degenerative findings that come with disc degeneration. Greater Modic changes were linked to greater age, higher body mass index, and adjacent disc degeneration. (2) Lifestyle and occupational factors like cigarette smoking, regular exercise, and absence of daily vehicle vibration seemed to have minor effects, if any, on the development of Modic changes in the lumbar spine. (3) Clearly, Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation encourages proper lifestyle choices for optimal health!


What is unclear is the research about just what Modic changes connote for back pain patients. New research demonstrated that Modic changes were not understood to be negatively associated with long-term pain, disability, or sick leave. The study reported that low back pain patients with Modic changes had much less disability and sick-leave at long-term follow-up. (4) This is hopeful news to our Baton Rouge chiropractic back pain patients!

CONTACT Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation

Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Robert Rudy on The Back Doctors’ Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson who detailed his treatment plan with the Cox® Technic System for their back pain relief to his patients so they understand.

Schedule your Baton Rouge chiropractic appointment today. Bring any MRIs with you. Together, Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation and you will look at them for information and develop a treatment plan for Baton Rouge back pain relief that will prevent us both from panicking!

Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation sees many back pain and neck pain patients who bring their MRIs with them to the office. Modic changes are often seen.  
« View All Spine Articles
"This information and website content is not intended to diagnose, guarantee results, or recommend specific treatment or activity. It is designed to educate and inform only. Please consult your physician for a thorough examination leading to a diagnosis and well-planned treatment strategy. See more details on the DISCLAIMER page. Content is reviewed by Dr. James M. Cox I."