Patients are often eager to have an MRI because they feel that MRIs offer the most comprehensive analysis of their condition. However, providers and patients should be made aware that when an early MRI is not indicated, it provides no benefits, and worse outcomes are likely.
Many studies have demonstrated that the minority of patients who develop chronic back pain are responsible for the large majority of health care and social costs (i.e. lost wages and decreased productivity).
Only half of all new episodes of shoulder impingement end in complete recovery after 6 months, indicating that this is a serious health problem.
Researchers at 7 major universities and orthopedic surgery centers around the country studied 351 patients aged 45 years or older who had a meniscal tear and mild-to-moderate osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee.