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A 29-year-old female asked:

Mild diffuse posterior protrusion mildly indenting the discs, desiccation of l4-l5/ l5-s1. never got injured nor fell on my back. what causes this??

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Dr. Anuj Malik
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Age: Age and mechanical stress that comes with age and carrying weight. Of a 100 adults who don't have symptoms, approximately 40 to 60 % have these changes. So usually nothing to worry about. Use good posture and lose weight if appropriate.
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Dr. Christopher Palmer
Orthopedic Surgery 10 years experience
Mri findings : These findings you describe are considered normal findings in May patients or may be related to genetics After the age of 40, 80 percent of the population has degenerative discs with buldging and disc dessication. Also, recent studies on identical twins have shown that degenerative disc disease is highly genetic in nature
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Last updated Aug 16, 2017


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