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Study Compares X-Ray Changes With Pain Symptoms

Wednesday, 29 October 2008 09:32

To determine a link between x-ray signs of vertebral  deterioration and pain symptoms, investigators tracked 159 adults, aged 20 to 65 years. At the study's initiation, all of the patients were asymptomatic. The subjects underwent lateral cervical radiographs at the study's onset and again 10 years later.

Results showed that "With age, there is an increase in the number of subluxations and the incidence and severity of  degenerative changes. Pain is more likely to develop in persons with degenerative changes at C6-C7."

Gore DR   Roentgenographic findings in the cervical spine in asymptomatic persons: a ten-year follow-up   Spine. 2001 (Nov 15);   26 (22):   2463-2466