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Back Pain Imaging and Exercise

February 15, 2024

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


Disc herniation and leg and/or back pain tend to come together, too, but so much more may be involved: disc degeneration, ruptured annulus fibrosus, irritated and compressed nerve roots and cauda equina from the herniation itself. A recent study traced 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 Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic correlates with your symptoms!


Back pain and imaging tend to go together. When someone experiences back pain, xrays, CTs, and MRIs come to mind. Just what do these show? A study compared images of back pain patients to asymptomatic persons. MR imaging of those with back pain showed that a variety of measurements differed: anteroposterior diameter measures of the vertebral canal varied, transverse diameter was lesser, and thecal sac area was smaller. (2) Caution is necessary to compare 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 Augusta chiropractor is very aware of is called 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 due to 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 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 helpful in dealing with the lumbar disc herniation which is why Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic incorporates some simple lumbar spine exercises to start on day one. We inspire our back pain patients to keep doing these simple exercises and are happy to back 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 responded well to treatment with The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.

Make your Augusta chiropractic appointment soon to see us! Whether you have spinal imaging currently or need it, your Augusta chiropractor can assist in making sense of its relevance to your journey to back pain relief.

Augusta back pain imaging and exercise