Initial reports coming from the doctors that took imaging evaluations of the Chicago Bulls and NBA MVP Derrick Rose's back came up with no significant structural findings in the spine. This is good news from the standpoint that the discs and bone structure is healthy, which could lead to surgery or significant lost time on the court. However, with the absence of these findings, it is likely that the problem is instability and/or dysfunction of the joints in the spine. This would not show on MRI, and is the prime reason why a muscle will go into involuntary spasms. These spasms feel like a cramp and often will bring the patient to their knees in pain and restriction. The body attempts to stabilize the segment or joint that is unstable and uses muscle contraction to create stability or balance. The pounding of landing jumps, banging other players bodies as well as twisting and turning can stimulate the reflex that causes these spasms. The common remedy for this is stabilization exercises, sometimes bracing or kinesiotaping the unstable area, chiropractic care and neuromuscular re-education to teach the muscles not to react in the loaded environment. Rose hopefully is experimenting with all of these therapies to find the right mix that puts him among the world's elite.