Thursday, February 21, 2019

Disc Bulges don’t necessarily cause pain..

💥Disc Bulges💥
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☠️ Having a disc bulge is not a death sentence
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1) Disc Bulges can heal
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2) Disc Bulges are more prevalent as we age, many times in people with NO PAIN
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🤯Check out the chart in this graphic, which shows the percentage of people in different age groups who have disc bulges shown on MRI but do not suffer from pain or dysfunction
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📚 The review from which this data emerged looked at imaging studies between 1946 to 2014, reporting imaging findings for 3110 asymptomatic individuals (in addition to symptomatic individuals)
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💥Conclusions?
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💯 It looks as though disc bulges are more highly correlated with NORMAL AGING than with pathology/dysfunction
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📌And yes, there are times when a disc bulge may contribute to a person's pain experience, but many times this is not the case
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👨🏻As the authors of this study summarized:
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"Imaging findings of spine degeneration are present in high proportions of asymptomatic individuals, increasing with age. Many imaging-based degenerative features are likely part of normal aging and unassociated with pain. These imaging findings must be interpreted in the context of the patient's clinical condition."
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💯Credit to Physio Based Medicine for inspiring this post 🙏🏼.
📚 Brinjikji et al (2015), Systematic Literature Review of Imaging Features of Spinal Degeneration in Asymptomatic Populations.