As a general rule, most doctors don’t just go out and request MRIs right away. Due to the fact that MRIs are such expensive procedures, doctors usually wait to see if more conservative methods can be employed to relieve an accident injury patient’s pain. Conservative methods can include a course of physical therapy such as strengthening and stretching home exercises.
If, however, conservative methods have been used and a patient is still experiencing a great deal of pain, a doctor might request an MRI to further investigate the injury. If you have gone through all of the conservative treatments and are still having problems, you can ask your doctor about the possibility of undergoing an MRI. If your doctor refuses but you think there is still an issue that needs to be resolved before you can fully heal, you may wish to seek a second opinion.