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Hollstrom & Associates Inc Questions The Curiosity of MRIs

MRI. What does it mean for Largo back pain and related leg pain? That is a curious question. Diagnosing Largo lumbar spinal stenosis does not always require an MRI for a definitive diagnosis. MRI images can be enlightening…and demanding of clinical tests to ascertain what those images really signify. An MRI is a well-known procedure to a lot of Largo chiropractic patients wanting Largo back pain relief, but the MRI’s timing and results need careful consideration as to when they’re ordered and what they really imply for the chiropractic care of spinal stenosis at Hollstrom & Associates Inc.


Spinal stenosis is a common condition and the most usual indicator for spinal back surgery in the over-65 age group. With the growth of this group, by 2025 59% of them are expected to acquire spinal stenosis. (1) Often your Largo chiropractor can diagnose spinal stenosis with just a few questions and physical examination findings without an MRI. Your Largo chiropractor may order an MRI as a confirming trial of the Largo chiropractic clinical examination diagnosis previously determined just by examining you.


In the event of a disc extrusion causing spinal stenosis where the Largo herniated disc leaks out of its outer bands and oozes into the spinal canal physically compressing and chemically inflaming the spinal nerve, an MRI showing this often bodes well for the MRI’s patient. At one 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 determining which patient would do better with quicker surgery or long conservative care. (2) And the healing of these Largo spinal stenosis related extrusions takes time and good, guided care like that from Hollstrom & Associates Inc.


Understand 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 have more spine surgeries (and spinal stenosis surgery exactly). (3) Understand too that what a surgeon makes out on MRI influences how he or she handles 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 reached agreement more with each other’s interpretations of MRI images than less experienced surgeons. (1) Experienced chiropractors like yours at Hollstrom & Associates Inc also are more proficient at picking up on Largo spinal stenosis as the diagnosis.


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

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

Largo MRIs for spinal stenosis may be revealing…or confusing. 
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