Do not panic if your X-ray or MRI report indicates that there is a problem with your discs. Here’s why:
- Studies have shown that lumbar disc degeneration is present in 40 percent of individuals under the age of 30 and present in over 90 percent of those between the ages of 50-55.
- Another study showed that amongst healthy young adults aged 20-22 with no back pain, 48 percent had at least one degenerated disc and 25 percent had a bulging disc.
- Leading physicians at the department of neurosurgery at university of California strongly recommend against the routine use of MRI for lower back pain since they gave found no link between degenerative changes seen on x/ ray or MRIs and low back pain.