Most lower back pain improves with time.  For the first six weeks, an imaging study usually isn’t needed and can be confusing.  An MRI may show something that isn’t causing your symptoms and can result in over-diagnosis and unneeded treatment.  Instead of being terrific, an early MRI can end up causing you more trouble over time.

If you’re wondering what’s causing your back pain, download the LOBAK app for iOS and Android to help diagnose the cause.