As advanced imaging is getting more affordable and available, it is important to point out a few things about your most recent MRI. In the last several years, more doctors have utilized both X-rays and MRI’s to better help explain away why a patient is having specific symptoms; both in the neck and lower back. Studies have shown, however, that a certain degree of degeneration is normal. When using this technology on an asymptomatic subject, or someone who has no complaints of neck or lower back pain, images show that even 30% patients in their 20’s will show at least 1 disc bulge. When we get past the age of 50, we see a rise in this number to at least 60% and the degree of degeneration starts to rise. Finally, 77% of patients over the age of 70 will show at least 1 disc bulge and signs of degeneration in people with no symptoms what-so-ever.
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While skiing and snowboarding are two of the world’s most popular winter sports, they are also two of the most dangerous. Since skiers can reach speeds anywhere from 25 to 45 miles per hour, injuries are an almost an inevitable part of the sport. In fact, over 200,000 injuries required treatment in a doctors office or hospital as the result of skiing and snowboarding-related activities in 2014.
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Millions of Americans suffer from back pain at some point in their life, with most thinking they’re just inevitable. However, there are many precautionary measures people can take to improve back health now and make for a much more comfortable future.
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When your back is healthy and everything is working the way it should, you don’t tend to think about maintaining a healthy spine. But when your back is in pain, it can be debilitating. Did you know a lot of the activities we do every day have an impact on the overall health of our spine? To help, we’ve outlined the top 5 everyday activities that cause back pain.
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