Diagnostic tests are awesome creations but they can also give us a negative outlook on our pain and function. A diagnostic test like an MRI or x-ray may look horrible but you may have no pain. On the other hand your diagnostic test may look average and in you’re in a lot of pain.
Paul (50 years old ) with chronic low back pain comes to us for treatment prior to getting surgery (surgeon says he needs to lose weight). He reports he has degenerative disc and it has effected him for years and it is impacting his life with the inability to sit/stand for prolonged periods of time and limiting his ability to walk longer distances. During our assessment we find that limitations in muscles in the hip are putting stress on the degenerative area. After we released these muscles in conjunction with stability and movement training Paul was pain free and never got the surgery.