Do MRI scans find the same severity of injury on painful and pain free individuals?

We all think MRI’s are very accurate at finding musculoskeletal issues and pointing us in the right direction diagnostically but is this actually true or can the actually be misleading?

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Online Physiotherapy

Put simply this is Physio done via either telephone or video over the internet. Skype and facetime are examples of this.

Contrary to popular belief online physiotherapy can be very effective and it can help the same injuries that face to face physio can help. I have helped many people with injuries such as disc prolapses, tennis elbow, neck pain and much more).