If you have a few minutes to spare, check out the video below.
Dr. Bahram Jan, a physical therapist, explains how patients (and healthcare providers) use imaging results to link correlation and/or causality with dysfunction in their bodies.
Clinically, it is important to understand that "abnormal" findings on imaging (i.e. MRI) may not correlate to abnormal dysfunction. In other words, a patient who has medial and lateral meniscal tears and moderate osteoarthritis may have less pain and dysfunction than another patient who has mild osetoarhritis. Many individuals will chose surgery to "fix" the abnormal structures that were discovered on imaging when all they needed was specific movement pattern adjustments and corrections.