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Archives of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery

, Volume 116, Issue 1–2, pp 106–107 | Cite as

Age-dependent correlation of low-back pain and lumbar disc degeneration

  • H. Paajanen
  • M. Erkintalo
  • R. Parkkola
  • J. Salminen
  • M. Kormano
Clinical and Experimental Forum

Abstract

The prevalence of lumbar disc degeneration in subjects suffering from low-back pain (n = 207; age range 10–49 years) and in age-matched asymptomatic controls (n = 216) was investigated by magnetic resonance imaging. The percentage of subjects with degenerated discs increased with age; starting from the age of 15 years, this increase was more rapid in subjects with low-back pain. Concurrently, the number of degenerated discs was higher in the pain group than in controls. Lumbar disc degeneration manifests earlier and in a greater percentage of subjects with low-back pain than in asymptomatic controls.

Keywords

Public Health Magnetic Resonance Imaging Great Percentage Disc Degeneration Lumbar Disc 
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© Springer-Verlag 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • H. Paajanen
    • 1
  • M. Erkintalo
    • 2
  • R. Parkkola
    • 2
  • J. Salminen
    • 3
  • M. Kormano
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of SurgeryUniversity Hospital of KuopioKuopioFinland
  2. 2.Department of Diagnostic RadiologyUniversity Central Hospital of TurkuTurkuFinland
  3. 3.Physical Medicine and RehabilitationUniversity Central Hospital of TurkuTurkuFinland

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