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MRI results for spinal lumbar.Is it common to have mild/moderate facet osteoarthritis?small posterior disc protrusion mild loss of disc height?im 30!!

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Dr. Alvin Wells
41 years experience in Rheumatology
Spine OA: All of these may be common particularly in patients over the age of 40. The changes on an MRI or an x-ray may not correlate with areas of pain. I usually recommend that my patients use topical therapy with agents such as diclofenac or lidocaine. In addition, I recommend that my patients undergo aggressive core strengthening exercises on a routine basis.
Answered on Sep 19, 2016

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