In this study the question was essentially “How consistent are MRI findings and interpretations?” The answer: Not very.
Is this a perfect study? No. The sample set is tiny. But we care more about this as a thought experiment.
So what IS my takeaway?
Imaging itself is fairly objective, yes. But people aren’t, and people are the ones interpreting the data here. MRI’s are highly open to interpretation. If you haven’t tried rehab yet (massage therapy, exercise based therapy, etc), that should be your first step. If you give that some time and there’s no effect, it may be time for imaging.
For those of us with chronic subluxations/dislocations this is a great place to begin with self management. Feel free to message me if you want to begin a treatment plan to make your dysfunction more manageable.
There is a tendency for massage therapists to follow a recipe when treating different types of pain, including a PCL tear or other types of pain behind the knee. They might use different types of massage for certain conditions without really understanding the nature of the problem first.
There’s no panacea. It’s an injury, not a recipe.