?[The results were] very surprising to us ? what is happening at the 14th month is almost a threefold increase in Type 1 changes, a slight increase in the Type 2 and a slight increase in the Type 3 changes,? said Hanne Albert, PhD, PT, MPH, of the University of Southern Denmark, who presented the results at the 2005 Annual Congress of the Spine Society of Europe (EuroSpine 2005).
?If you have Modic changes on the MRI, the risk of having lumbar pain was more than sixfold, an odds ratio (OR) of 6.1,? she
To determine the relationship between a previous herniation and Modic changes on MRI, Albert
and her colleague, Claus Manniche, MD, used a classification from the American Society of Radiologists
, separating disc herniations into types. ?Of the patients who had normal discs, not one single person developed Modic changes,?
During the 14-month follow-up, Albert
and Manniche also tested pain at forward and backward bending and conducted the springing tests, concluding that these may be clinical tests to detect Modic changes.