You have back pain. You go to the MD. They take an X-ray, even an MRI. They find you have disk degeneration, a mild disc bulge, maybe some facet degeneration. Is this something that is going to cause pain for the rest of your life?Take a look at the graph. What it shows is that once you reach your 40’s you will likely have some level of normal age related change in your lumbar spine. The good news is most of these abnormalities will NOT cause pain. Don’t be too quick to believe that a disk bulge at L3 is causing your low back pain. Or disk degeneration from L2-L5 is going to stop you from participating in your favorite activities. Your symptoms need to match the imaging for it to be meaningful. If, for example we look at the L3 disk bulge. Significant symptoms related to that would include radiculitis (symptoms along the L3 nerve distribution), burning, sharp pain, weakness and even muscle wasting are indications. If radiculitis is not present then you don’t need to be as worried about that bulge. In many cases of low back pain the cause is mechanical. You cleaned out the garage over the weekend. Monday morning your back is stiff. Tuesday you wake up and are too stiff to stand up straight. These symptoms are likely a result of something you did cleaning out your garage, not disk degeneration, a disc bulge or facet degeneration.
Tennis Elbow and Golfers Elbow: Episode 7 Tennis Elbow/ Golfers Elbow Review Zapps spicy Cajun Crawtators Answer the trivia question: What is the only country in the world without...
These five words will change your life: “Sitting is the new smoking.” Thank you,Joseph McClendon III and Tony Robbins, for creating a new movement to stamp out workplace obesity....
After tripping over your dog’s leash and tearing your ACL, you decide to bite the bullet and get it repaired. You do six months of physical therapy after surgery...
March 22, 2021
The Final Episode: 140 The final episode of 2 Physical Therapist N’ a Bag of Chips. Double Chip review, trivia and a review of Season 3. As well as...
March 15, 2021
March 8, 2021
February 28, 2021
- Read more