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A 41-year-old female asked:

Findings: mild anterior osteophytosis noted. mild disc space narrowing at l5-s1. conclusion: degenerative disc desease. what does this mean?

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Dr. Bahman Omrani
Pain Management 19 years experience
Little : As our radiology colleagues love to say, "clinical correlation is recommended"; not knowing what your symptoms or physical exam is like, these results don't mean much. Regardless, do take actions to help decelerate progression of your ddd.
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Dr. Zachariah George
Neurosurgery 17 years experience
DDD: This means that you have some minimal imaging signs of arthritis. It usually doesn't mean too much clinically . L5/s1 is the last motion segment in the lower back and this tends to be the segment that degenerates first. All it means is to continue to maintain good health, exercise and keep your weight within normal limits. Hope this helps.
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Dr. Lisa Rankin
Dr. Lisa Rankin commented
ADHD and Autism 27 years experience
Maintain good score strength without stressing the lower back.
Jun 30, 2013
Last updated Jun 8, 2018


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