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MRI shows problems that may not be causing pain. It is clearly established that a very high percentage of adults - with NO back pain – would have significant problems on an MRI!

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MRI Misconception

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MRI Misconceptions


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  • MRI – Less than meets the eye!

  • MRI misses significant problems!All of these discs, which are clearly irritated, bloody, and inflamed (swollen) were called normal on MRI!


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  • MRI cannot detect pain generating inflammatory pathology MRI MISSES significant pathology in >77% Patients


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  • MRI shows problems that may not be causing pain

  • It is clearly established that a very high percentage of adults - with NO back pain – would have significant problems on an MRI!


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  • Put another way: If you have back pain, and an MRI shows a problem that may explain the pain, it is very possible that the problem on the MRI may NOT be causing your pain!

  • This is because that same problem could be there even if you did not have pain.


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