Scary words, right? Have you had an MRI or x-ray that showed these things? A lot of people have, but what do they swords mean and more importantly what do they mean to you? Are they a death sentence? Does this mean you can't lift weights or play with your kids?
Let's take a look at what the research shows in regards to how common these things are and if we should be worried:
- 40% of individuals under the age of 30 and 90% of individuals between 50-55 have imaging that shows lumbar disc degeneration
- One study showed that 48% of young healthy adults between the ages of 20-22 had at least one degenerated disc while 25% had a bulging disc.
As you can see, these things are VERY common and nothing to fear. In fact, it is strongly discouraged to use imaging for low back pain as NO LINK has been found between degenerative changes seen on x-rays or MRIs and patients pain experiences.
If you've already had imaging that shows these things it is important to remember that they are extremely common and NORMAL changes that happen from the age of 20 onwards. This IS something that can be treated with physical therapy. Movement is medicine and even during acute flares in pain, we can take care of you and show you what you can do to get back to the things that you love the most!
If you've got low back pain or you are experiencing any of these issues, don't wait any longer. Let's get you back to moving like you were made to move!
Dr. Ladd's views on performance improvement, injury prevention and sometimes other random thoughts.