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A 30-year-old male asked:

prominent disc space narrowing and mild degenerative changes throughout lumbar spine for some years. could spinal decompression cure, what is best?

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 40 years experience
There is no cure for: This degeneration which occurs in all but accelerated by genetic or family history, by obesity as well as by smoking. So, to minimize symptoms, stay trim, don't smoke and get in shape with regular core strengthening, stretching and cardiovascular exercise. Otc meds may help if no reasons medically not to use them. A back support may also provide relief and a cheaper solution is inversion table.
Dr. Mark Weston
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 31 years experience
No cure: These MRI findings are frequently asymptomatic.You can try decompression no evidence it provides permanent changes perserve normal healthy backmusculature by avoiding posterior back surgery.

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