Spine MRIs Often Show Harmless 'Defects,' Study Finds

After treatment, many people have visible evidence of a herniated disc without any symptoms

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Klein agreed. "Seeing a problem on an MRI doesn't necessarily ... confirm that that's where the pain is coming from," he said. "We see a fair percentage of patients with disc herniation who don't have symptoms. You can't treat the MRI. You have to treat the patient."

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