March 2017 - We often have patients tell us that they will start treatment for their low back pain after they get an MRI. The wait time for an MRI can be around 2-3 months at best in Ontario. In this time, a patient's symptoms may worsen and they could be doing more long term damage to their spine. In any case, a comprehensive physiotherapy assessment can be sufficient to diagnose a low back injury and can often be more reliable than a low back MRI.
Please have a read of this study that followed a journey of a lady who underwent 10 low back MRI's at different facilities only to discover a variety of different diagnoses.