I have mentioned in previous posts that MRI findings are not all that they are cracked up to be with aches and pains. You have people who have the same findings on MRI one with a lot of pain, one with no pain. The one who has a lot of pain can figure out how to move differently and their pain goes away, but the MRI finding will likely be the same (at least in the short term). My biggest problem is that the medical field perpetuates this behavior by electing surgery on these findings that may or may not be creating pain.
The MRI is an amazing piece of technology. To be able to get so much information without exposing the body to radiation or cutting into the body is truly amazing. The MRI is the gold standard for imaging, but when it comes to common aches and pains it is likely not going to give us very much useful information. There are a number of studies that show that MRI findings do not correlate well with pain.
James is dedicated to helping the Portland area decrease pain and improve performance. He believes education is an important factor in solving your problems.