Study Suggests the Underlying Cause of Lumbar Disc Degeneration with Low Back Pain is still a Mystery!
Posted Jun 02 2009 4:35pm
San Francisco Bay Area Disc Pain doctor comments on findings from recent study involving patients with Lumbar Disc Degeneration and Disc Herniations:
I found a very interesting abstract of a recent study on the website of the prestigious Spine Journal. The purpose of the study was to find out whether different patterns of lumbar disc degeneration related to different physical work types (static vs. dynamic) can be found. In other words, if the only differences in the groups studied were the physical workloads of the job, did the group that performed more physical labor day in and day out have more disc degeneration, disc herniation, and facet and joint arthritis as suspected. This was done with sequential MRI studies in a controlled environment. Of course, the answer was NO, I hope they were not suprised. Here is the conclusion: These findings give evidence that in subjects performing non heavy work, patterns of lumbar disc degeneration are not associated with the job type and characteristic physical loadings. So, therefore there must be other factors at work. Well, Geez, I wonder what those are ? One of these days mainstream medicine is going to figure out that it is the same factors that cause degeneration and disease anywhere in the body, LIFESTYLE. So, the more out of balance you are as far as diet, exercise, stress, alcohol, smoking, drugs (including prescription ), etc., the more fertile the soil is for diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and yes, disc and spine degeneration. If you want to learn first hand for yourself what the actual mechanisms are for these disease processes, I highly recommend you purchase a copy of The China Study by T. Colin Campbell, PhD.