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A 45-year-old male asked:

Lumbar lordotic curvature is reduced. loss of t2wi hyperintensity is seen at l4-5 & l5-s1 disc levels suggestive of desiccative disc change. ?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 54 years experience
Degenerative disc: As we age we do develop gradual degenerative disc disease, a "wear and tear", and not unique to see desiccation or drying out of disc structure, which can shrink. This is NOT an indication for either surgery or injections, and best handled by good nutrition, sleep, and exercise. If you have low back pain, a physical therapy program can benefit.
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