So you’ve had a scan and there is a lengthy list of reported findings, but what does this actually mean for you?

Old age, health problem and people concept – senior woman suffering from pain in leg at home. Senior woman holding her foot with pain.

Okay, some stats to begin..

Some recent studies investigating pain-free people across the life-span found that indeed signs of degeneration or pathology were seen in a considerable number of these subjects. 

For example of these pain-free subjects:

  • 62% had knee cartilage lesions & 48% had meniscus lesions
  • 87.6% had disc bulges in the cervical spine (neck)
  • Evidence of disc degeneration in the lumbar spine (low back) was seen at roughly 20% greater than the given age group starting from the 20’s with 37%, 30’s with 52%, 40’s with 68% then a steep increase from the 5th decade with signs in 80% up to 96% in the 8th decade.
  • Evidence of disc bulges & facet joint degeneration in the lumbar spine also had similar patterns seen at roughly 10% greater than the given age group starting from the 20’s (i.e. 30% in the 20’s etc).
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