DEGENERATIVE FINDINGS ON MRI ARE NORMAL
A lot of you have probably had an MRI when you have been in pain and it has found things like degenerative disc diseases, disc bulges, labral tears, meniscal tears and then your doctor can lead you down a few paths:
1️⃣ Go straight see a surgeon 🙅♂️
2️⃣ Just rest and do not exercise, do not lift weights and do not run etc🤦♂️
3️⃣ Go straight for a cortisone injection🤦♀️ 4️⃣ Go see a physiotherapist/chiropractor or exercise physiologist 😀
This is not to say MRI’s are useless or the findings that show up are not the cause of your pain but we have to remember pain is contextual and everyones case is different
In the slides made by @dr.caleb.burgess & @tony.comella studies have found degenerative disc diseases in asymptomatic people (i.e people in NO PAIN)
🔹37% of 20y.o
🔹68% of 40y.o
🔹88% of 60y.o
So according to these studies it looks as though degenerative disc disease is POORLY correlated with how much pain you are in. A good interpretation of this is one by @dr.caleb.burgess, disc degeneration is part of the normal aging process just like how we get grey hair and wrinkles, so why is that not LABELLED a disease?
So next time you hear you have degenerative changes in your back., knee, hip etc, remember that it is just be part of the normal ageing process. Go find yourself a manual therapist/exercise physiologist that focuses on improving your function and reducing your pain! This would be a great start to your rehab process!