Suite 2C, Newcastle Healthcare, 282 Brunker Road, Adamstown

Call us now for an appointment
(02) 4957 2961

Home >  Blog >  Did you know your MRI can be misleading?

Did you know your MRI can be misleading?

Posted on 24 November 2016

If you take people without back pain and put them through a CT scan or MRI, you get some
surprising results!

37% of 20 year olds 30% of 20 year olds
80% of 50 year olds 60% of 50 year olds
96% of 80 year olds 84% of 80 year olds
Have "disc degeneration" Have "disc bulging"


It turns out that some of these changes are just normal part of the ageing process. If your MRI says something scary, don't be afraid. Herniated discs, facet joint osteoarthritis and other signs of degeneration sound scary but in fact they are very normal! These findings compare with grey hair or getting bald and are not always pain producing structures. If you are not sure of the language used in a scan talk to the physiotherapists at Newcastle Integrated Physiotherapy for advice.

Tags: Newcastle Physiotherapy

Recent news

Pilates Your Partner in Managing Pain

Sep 25 2018
Many of us have experienced back pain ourselves or know someone who has. It's no surprise that low back pain is one of the most prevalent co...

Sciatica Pain

Sep 11 2018
What is sciatica pain? Sciatica pain is pain radiating along the sciatic nerve leading down one or both legs, from the lower back (lumbar sp...

Diabetes and Physical Activity

Sep 04 2018
How Exercise Physiology can help manage Type 2 diabetes What is Type 2 diabetes?
Type 2 diabetes is a chronic condition, characterise...
Read more news
Bookmark SiteTell a FriendPrint