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Back Pain Imaging and Exercise

Spinal imaging reveals much about a Toronto back pain and leg pain sufferers’ condition. Imaging must be reviewed carefully, of course, for what it shows in addition to the way various imaging methods contrast with others. Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre welcomes all the input you can bring with you, the Toronto back pain patient, as well as your imaging and examination testing findings to personalize your Toronto chiropractic treatment plan for pain relief.


Disc herniation and leg and/or back pain tend to go together, too, but so much more may be incorporated: degenerative disc disease, 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 shows pretty pictures of the disc herniation…that Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre associates with your symptomatology!


Back pain and imaging seem to go together. When someone experiences back pain, xrays, CTs, and MRIs come to mind. Just what do these display? A study analyzed images of symptomatic 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 lesser, 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 without back pain plain film measurements were larger compared to those on CT. (3) Another imaging finding your Toronto chiropractor is quite aware of is termed Modic change. It’s another imaging finding that is very revealing in that Modic change (mainly type II) is linked with abdominal aortic calcification by way of a lower blood supply or even poorer systemic vascularization because of atherosclerotic disease. (4) It’s another insight we can utilize to determine what’s going on in your spine. Finally, a spinal imaging finding that is quite common in back pain patients is fatty infiltration of the paraspinal muscles, more so in patients with degenerative lumbar spondylolisthesis. (5) We look for that on MRI images though it’s hard to miss! Another good reason to start a good spinal exercise program!


Exercise may be quite valuable in dealing with the lumbar disc herniation which is why Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre incorporates some simple lumbar spine exercises to start on day one. We inspire our back pain patients to continue performing 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 illustrates a case of degenerative spondylolisthesis that responded well to treatment with The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.

Make your Toronto chiropractic appointment soon to see us! Whether you have spinal imaging currently or need it, your Toronto chiropractor can help make sense of its relevance in your path to back pain relief.

Back Pain Imaging and Exercise 
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