WHERE the MRI is performed, WHO interprets the examination may have an impact on radiological diagnosis, sub sequentially on treatment strategy and clinical outcome. Thanks again Lee Higginbotham for the info-graphic.
Are anatomical abnormalities, normal in a healthy population? Very high percentage of abnormalities found by scans in patient who weren't in pain.
Disk bulging, disk degeneration, cartilage defect, meniscal tear, CAM deformity, labral injury, pincer deformity. These are only some of the abnormalities found analysing asymptomatic patients with MRI scan, US scan and arthroscopy diagnostic modalities. Thanks to Lee Higginbotham.
Osteoarthritis: recommendation from National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is for an holistic assessment and management approach.
Have you got a healthy back?
Bending forward from standing is a good indicator for a healthy back.
Mechanical or nerve pain?
Differentiating between mechanical (nociceptive) and neuropathic (nerve) pain is a very good way forward to have a successful course of treatments.
Massimo Monticelli M.Ost