Shu Chiropractic Questions The Curiosity of MRIs

MRI. What does it mean for Sunnyvale back pain and related leg pain? That is a intriguing question. Diagnosing Sunnyvale lumbar spinal stenosis does not always require an MRI for a definitive diagnosis. MRI images can be enlightening…and calling for clinical tests to ascertain what those images really suggest. An MRI is a familiar test to many Sunnyvale chiropractic patients seeking Sunnyvale back pain relief, but the MRI’s timing and outcomes need careful thought as to when they are ordered and what they really mean for the chiropractic treatment of spinal stenosis at Shu Chiropractic.


Spinal stenosis is a common condition and the most common 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 acquire spinal stenosis. (1) Many times your Sunnyvale chiropractor can diagnose spinal stenosis with only a few questions and physical examination findings with no an MRI. Your Sunnyvale chiropractor may use the MRI as a confirming test of the Sunnyvale chiropractic clinical examination diagnosis already made just by seeing you.


In the event of a disc extrusion causing spinal stenosis where the Sunnyvale herniated disc escapes its outer bands and oozes into the spinal canal physically constricting and chemically inflaming the spinal nerve, an MRI revealing this often bodes well for the MRI’s patient. A year later, whether managed surgically or non-surgically, the back-related leg pain patient had less leg pain. In this case an MRI does not help much in determining which patient would do better with quicker surgery or long conservative care. (2) And the healing of these Sunnyvale spinal stenosis related extrusions takes time and good, guided care like that from Shu Chiropractic.


Know 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 saw more spine surgeries (and spinal stenosis surgery specifically). (3) Understand too that what a surgeon spots on MRI affects how he or she handles the spinal back surgery for stenosis. He/She considers the extent and location of nerve compression as well as degenerative changes at adjacent levels. Experienced surgeons reached agreement more with each other’s interpretations of MRI images than less experienced surgeons. (1) Experienced chiropractors like yours at Shu Chiropractic also are more adept at picking up on Sunnyvale 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 Sunnyvale 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) Shu Chiropractic uses the Cox Technic System of Spine Pain Management for Sunnyvale 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 becomes necessary.

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

Sunnyvale MRIs for spinal stenosis may be revealing…or puzzling. 
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