If you’ve been following me for a while you’ll know what my position is on back pain and surgery.

It’s not that surgery is never an option, in fact, it can be very helpful for some individuals with specific symptoms that are not getting better with conservative management.

My problem with our current system is that people are still rushed into getting an X-ray or MRI when it is not indicated.

Patients, you also have a role to play in this as I’ve met MANY who demand they absolutely need an MRI to “find out the root cause.”

It’s not that simple and often may lead to worse outcomes if you get the imaging early due to various beliefs that may come out of receiving this imaging.

What questions do you have for me? Anything I missed?