By Dr. Joseph Camoratto PT, DPT
If you are over the age of 20, chances are that if you have gotten any imaging on your spine you have probably been told that you have some sort of spinal degeneration. If you were getting imaging for your spine you were likely in some sort of pain be it new or old. Considering these two factors, the person reading your results to you may have told you that the two were related or maybe you pieced it together yourself that you had some degeneration which is probably why you were having pain!
A 2014 study of over 3000 individuals WITHOUT low back pain had imaging done on their backs to see if they had any degeneration. What they found was that for people without any pain in their backs, they sure had a lot going on!
“The prevalence of disk degeneration in asymptomatic individuals increased from 37% of 20-year-old individuals to 96% of 80-year-old individuals. Disk bulge prevalence increased from 30% of those 20 years of age to 84% of those 80 years of age. Disk protrusion prevalence increased from 29% of those 20 years of age to 43% of those 80 years of age. The prevalence of annular fissure increased from 19% of those 20 years of age to 29% of those 80 years of age.”
Basically it showed that people without any pain starting as early as 20 years old had disk degeneration, disk bulges, disk protrusions and annular tears.
Everything that we do at NeoLife Physical Therapy and Wellness is centered around showing our patients that they are much more than just what their imaging says. We know that 1+1 does not equal 2 when pain and degeneration are involved, especially considering that Lorimer Moseley, neuroscientist and the author of the book Explain Pain states that “pain is never a marker of tissue damage!” The human spine is extremely strong and structural changes do not have to mean anything in terms of what you feel! So let us help you get back into moving how you would like to so that you can ditch that imaging report that you have been hanging onto and get back to where you left off in life!