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Back Pain Imaging and Exercise

Spinal imaging reveals much about a Sitka back pain and leg pain sufferers’ condition. Imaging must be reviewed carefully, of course, for what it shows as well as the way various imaging methods contrast with others. Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka appreciates all the input you can bring with you, the Sitka back pain patient, as well as your imaging and exam findings to personalize your Sitka chiropractic treatment plan for pain relief.


Disc herniation and leg and/or back pain seem to go together, too, but so much more may be incorporated: disc degeneration, ruptured annulus fibrosus, irritation and compression of nerve roots and cauda equina from the herniation itself. A recent study tracked the effects of exercise on a disc herniation’s neuromechanical compression, its inflammatory chemical stimulation, and its autoimmune response. (1) Imaging demonstrates pretty pictures of the disc herniation…that Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka links with your symptomatology!


Back pain and imaging tend to go together. When someone experiences back pain, xrays, CTs, and MRIs come to mind. Just what do these display? A study compared images of back pain patients to asymptomatic persons. MR imaging of those with back pain revealed that a variety of measurements were different: anteroposterior diameter dimensions of the vertebral canal varied, transverse diameter was smaller, and thecal sac area was less. (2) Caution is warranted in comparing neuroforaminal measurements from CT scans and plain film as a study found that in patients who didn’t have back pain plain film measurements were bigger compared to those on CT. (3) Another imaging finding your Sitka chiropractor is quite aware of is termed Modic change. It’s another imaging finding that is quite revealing in that Modic change (mainly type II) is related with abdominal aortic calcification via a lower blood supply or even poorer systemic vascularization owing to atherosclerotic disease. (4) It’s another insight we can utilize to determine what is going on in your spine. Finally, a spinal imaging finding that is quite usual in back pain patients is fatty infiltration of the paraspinal muscles, more so in patients with degenerative lumbar spondylolisthesis. (5) We check the MRI images for that though it’s hard to not see! Another good reason to start a good spinal exercise program!


Exercise may be quite effective in managing the lumbar disc herniation which is why Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka includes some simple lumbar spine exercises to start on day one. We encourage our back pain patients to keep doing these easy exercises and are happy to support anyone who wants to do more...after we talk!

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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Lee Hazen  on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes a case of degenerative spondylolisthesis that reacted well to treatment with The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.

Make your Sitka chiropractic appointment soon to see us! Whether you have spinal imaging already or need it, your Sitka chiropractor can help make sense of its significance to your journey to back pain relief.

Back Pain Imaging and Exercise 
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