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Title: Relationship between lumbar disc degeneration on MRI and low back pain: A cross-sectional community study
Authors: Watanabe, Takehiro
Otani, Koji
Sekiguchi, Miho
Konno, Shin-Ichi
Affiliation: 整形外科学講座
Source title: Fukushima Journal of Medical Science
Volume: 68
Issue: 2
Start page: 97
End page: 107
Issue Date: 2022
Abstract: Purpose: Although an association has been suggested between disc degeneration (DD) and low back pain (LBP), some DD is thought to be an age-related change unrelated to symptoms. Age-inappropriate DD, however, may be associated with LBP. The purpose of this study was to investigate whether there is a difference in LBP and LBP-related quality of life between age-appropriate and age-inappropriate DD, as assessed by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Participants and methods: In this cross-sectional study, degenerative change in the lumbar intervertebral discs of 382 subjects (age range, 27-82 years) was evaluated by MRI. Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD) scores were assigned using the Schneiderman classification, as the sum of grades for all intervertebral levels (0-15). We classified subjects into three groups according to age and DDD score: Low DD (mild DD relative to age), Appropriate (age-appropriate DD), and High DD (severe DD relative to age). We compared the three groups in terms of LBP prevalence, LBP intensity, LBP-specific quality of life (QOL) according to the Roland-Morris Disability Questionnaire (RDQ), and the Short Form-36 Item Health Survey (SF-36). Results: Of 382 subjects, there were 35% in the Low DD group, 54% in the Appropriate group, and 11% in the High DD group. There were no significant differences among the groups in terms of prevalence of LBP, LBP intensity, RDQ score, or SF-36 score. Conclusion: No association was found between age-inappropriate DD (Low or High DD group) and age-appropriate DD (Appropriate group) in terms of prevalence of LBP, LBP intensity, RDQ, or SF-36.
Publisher: The Fukushima Society of Medical Science
Publisher (Alternative foam): 福島医学会
language: eng
URI: http://ir.fmu.ac.jp/dspace/handle/123456789/1872
Full text URL: http://ir.fmu.ac.jp/dspace/bitstream/123456789/1872/1/FksmJMedSci_68_p97.pdf
ISSN: 0016-2590
2185-4610
DOI: 10.5387/fms.2022-17
PubMed ID: 35922918
Related Page: https://doi.org/10.5387/fms.2022-17
Rights: © 2022 The Fukushima Society of Medical Science. This article is licensed under a Creative Commons [Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International] license.
Rights: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/
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