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Extent of type 1 Modic changes associated with positive changes in low back pain

May 28, 2015

According to findings in a recently published study, the extent of type 1 Modic changes was correlated with positive changes in the Oswestry Disability Index score for low back pain.

The study included 64 consecutive patients with chronic low back pain with either type 1 (M1) Modic changes or mixed M1 / type 2 (M2) changes on lumbar spine MRI. Researchers recorded the size and type of Modic changes on sagittal lumbar MRI and clinical data regarding low back symptoms at baseline and at follow-up 2 years later. Using linear regression analysis, the researchers also analyzed changes to the extent of M1 and M2 to determine whether any associations with changes in low back pain intensity and the Oswestry Disability Index (ODI) occurred.

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