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Degeneration of the intervertebral disc

Jill PG Urban* and Sally Roberts

Arthritis Res Ther 2003, 5:120-130  doi:10.1186/ar629

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Back pain does not equal degenerative discs

pATRICK Massey   (2003-11-20 15:08)  Alexian Brothers Hospital Network email

I strongly disagree with the conclusion that LBP is associated with degenerative discs. The one study quoted did not have controls and a number of other studies have demonstrated no relationship between back pain and degenerative discs.

This type of conclusion continues to foster wrong concepts and research directions. As a medical community, we need to look at the data with impassionate eyes to find real solutions to one of the contry's biggest medical problems.

Patrick B. Massey MD, PhD

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