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