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Why Imaging Is Often Overused

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X-ray, MRI, and diagnostic ultrasound are some of the great imaging tools we have at our disposal.  They can be extremely helpful with many musculoskeletal conditions.  They can show structural changes like arthritis, disc herniation, and soft tissue tears.  They can help us make a decision on who is the right doctor to see (surgeon, chiropractor, etc.).  So what happens when someone has pain but imaging, such as an x-ray or MRI tells us absolutely nothing?  On the other hand, can someone have positive MRI or x-ray findings but no symptoms?  The point of all this is not to say that imaging is not important because it can be, but how can we determine if someone needs it?
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