Low Back Pain

This study looked at a 30 year follow up of 20 year old military recruits with low back pain. Scans were performed then and again 30 years later on the same individuals.


It was found that intervertebral discs demonstrating change at age 20 (YES, changes can begin this young) showed higher levels of change at 30 year follow up BUT this did not have a significant association with their current pain or disability.


This further adds to the current body of evidence suggesting that pain, particularly persistent pain, is not so easily explained by tissue damage alone.

Pain is complex and the state of the tissues is just one of many factors that may explain pain.


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