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Back Pain and Degenerative Changes in the Spine

Wednesday, 29 October 2008 09:33

Using MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) this study investigated the frequency, pattern, and sequence of early degenerative changes in the lumbar spine. The frequency of disk degeneration at follow-up was greater in the patients with LBP (increased from 42% to 58%) than among the asymptomatic subjects (from 19% to 26%)
Degenerative changes emerge rapidly after the adolescent growth spurt. The MR imaging appearance of the degenerative processes is similar regardless of symptoms, although these processes are more common in symptomatic adolescents and develop at an earlier age. There appears to be a positive correlation between degenerative lumbar disk disease and LBP in adolescence.

Erkintalo MO, Salminen JJ, Alanen AM, Paajanen HE, Kormano MJ   Development of degenerative changes in the lumbar intervertebral disk: results of a prospective MR imaging study in adolescents with and without low-back pain   Radiology 1995 (Aug);   196 (2):   529-533