Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation Questions The Curiosity of MRIs

MRI. What does it mean for Baton Rouge back pain and related leg pain? That is a peculiar question. Diagnosing Baton Rouge lumbar spinal stenosis doesn’t always require an MRI for a definitive diagnosis. MRI images can be enlightening…and calling for clinical tests to establish what those images really suggest. An MRI is a well-known procedure to a lot of Baton Rouge chiropractic patients wanting Baton Rouge back pain relief, but the MRI’s arranging and results require cautious thought as to when they’re ordered and what they really imply for the chiropractic treatment of spinal stenosis at Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation.


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 growth of this group, by 2025 59% of them are expected to acquire spinal stenosis. (1) Many times your Baton Rouge chiropractor can identify spinal stenosis with just a few questions and physical examination discoveries without an MRI. Your Baton Rouge chiropractor may order an MRI as a confirming exam of the Baton Rouge chiropractic clinical examination diagnosis previously made just by seeing you.


In the event of a disc extrusion triggering spinal stenosis where the Baton Rouge herniated disc escapes its outer bands and seeps out into the spinal canal physically compressing and chemically inflaming the spinal nerve, an MRI showing this many times bodes well for the MRI’s patient. At one year later, whether treated surgically or non-surgically, the back-related leg pain patient had less leg pain. In this case an MRI does not help much in influencing which patient would do better with early surgery or prolonged conservative care. (2) And the healing of these Baton Rouge spinal stenosis related extrusions takes time and good, guided care like that from Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation.


Understand 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 exactly). (3) Know too that what a surgeon notices on MRI influences how he or she approaches the spinal back surgery for stenosis. He/She studies the degree and location of nerve compression as well as 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 Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation also are more proficient at picking up on Baton Rouge spinal stenosis as the diagnosis.


Treat it actively. Do not rely on passive care like bed rest. That’s old school care. Give it time. Participate in the active, conservative care your Baton Rouge chiropractor shares with you for at least 6-8 weeks to witness some change because there is no clear difference between surgical (though quicker relief may come) and non-surgical care after a year or two. (4) Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation utilizes the Cox Technic System of Spine Pain Management for Baton Rouge spinal stenosis and back pain relief care. The 50% Rule guides treatment frequency and treatment progress as well as decision-making as to when/if an MRI is required (if you’ve not had one taken) or surgical or other care consultation becomes necessary.

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

Baton Rouge MRIs for spinal stenosis may be revealing…or puzzling. 
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