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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.

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