• What is the facet joint?

    Facet joints (otherwise called zygapophyseal joints) are small synovial joints (a bit like your knee or your hip joint) between two vertebrae.  Either side of the bone is lined with hyaline cartilage and inside the joint is synovial flui...

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  • How to interpret an MRI

    David Lisle, a well-known radiologist at Brisbane Private Imaging explains how he approaches examining an MRI of the lumbar spine.

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  • Disc Degeneration

    As we age, our discs degenerate. Let\'s take a look at some MRI images of the spine and different types of degeneration. This is a sagittal (side-on) T2 MRI image of a normal lumbar spine in a young adult. As a T2 scan shows water (...

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  • Meet Clare – PhD Research Study

    Who am I? Hi, my name is Clare Dal Bon and I am a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) student at QUT. I graduated from Clinical Exercise Physiology in 2018 and during my studies, I worked at the SpinePlus and BackSpace clinics where I developed ...

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  • Should I have a spinal fusion for my back pain?

      Fusion is the ‘f’ word in back care – the mere mention of it can cause distress and controversy. But why is it so? The reasons are that too many fusions are performed, and too many people have poor outcomes. The solution is not t...

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