An interesting study from the 2016 Olympics showed that a large percentage of young, active, high performing athletes had abnormal findings on spine MRI’s. Swipe for the findings!
So, how were these individuals able to perform at the highest level despite such ‘significant’ changes on MRI?
Many abnormal findings on MRI are often normal, age related changes and not associated with pain.
In the absence of symptoms, MRIs can lead to over or mis-diagnosis.