Perhaps you felt back pain and tried treating it yourself with ice or pain relievers but it just hasn't improved enough. You should see a physician who is a back or spine specialist if self-treatment measures fail after two weeks.
You may expect your initial visit to include an order for an MRI, but that may not be the first course of action. Almost all back pain will improve with conservative measures. After careful evaluation, which includes a thorough history and physical examination, he may recommend physical therapy and X-rays. Unless there is significant nerve irritation or other symptoms, the doctor may wait at least six weeks before considering an MRI scan.
For more information on the high-field MRI at Commonwealth Orthopaedic Centers, visit the MRI page.