Today we’re continuing our series on misconceptions related to back pain. If you haven’t read our other posts on the topic, browse through our previous blog posts, there’s tons of great information!
Our topic today will probably surprise most of you. We’re going to discuss MRIs and back pain. Patients often believe that the only way a medical provider can really know what is going on with them is if they take x-rays and an MRI of their back. However, research shows that MRIs can be misleading.
If you take individuals with no back pain and run them through an MRI or CT scanner, the findings are very surprising. Over 30% of 20 year-olds have “disc degeneration” and “disc bulging.” These percentages increase every decade with over 80% of 80 year-olds with no back pain having the same findings.
It turns out, these changes are just a natural part of the aging process. So if you’ve been told that you have a “bulging disc,” don’t be afraid and stop moving or worry that you’re going to “make your back worse.” Instead, come and see one of our highly skilled physical therapists and we’ll get you moving again in a safe, controlled, and progressive manner. We, at Atlantic Physical Therapy, can help you to manage your pain and get you back to doing the activities you love!
Matthew Savini DPT, OCS, CSCS
Atlantic Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine, Ocean View Clinic