A member 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??

2 doctors weighed in across 2 answers
Dr. Anuj Malik answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

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.

Answered 8/16/2017


Dr. Christopher Palmer answered

Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery

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

Answered 5/16/2017



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