A recent breakthrough by colleagues of mine at the University of Southern Denmark has cast new light on a condition afflicting tens of thousands of people, suffering from lower back pain. Having monitored the progress of this research, I am delighted to be a part of this esteemed group of scientists and play such an important role in the diagnosis and treatment of patients suffering with Modic changes.
Modic changes are a swelling in the vertebral body, on top and below the disc. They can only be identified using MRI scans. The inflammation is secondary to an infection in the disc. The latest research, through biopsies, has identified the bacteria causing the infection. This indicates that the correct treatment is long term antibiotics resulting in outstanding clinical outcomes. These are particularly astonishing when compared to any and all other treatments for chronic low back pain.
In response to this discovery, MAST Medical Academy, has been formed distribute information about the treatment of Modic changes to the general public and the medical community. The two representatives of this Academy in the UK are Dr Alan Jordan (Myself), of Broadgate, and Mr Peter Hamlyn of Broadgate and The Spine Surgery London.
More information is available at www.mastmedical.com.
If you have been diagnosed with Modic changes or are suffering from chronic lower back pain, we at the Broadgate Spine and Joint Centre will be able to give you more information or a course of treatment if required. Please get in touch with us on 020 7638 4330.