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