• Why is back pain such a problem?

    Low back pain is recognised as a big issue. But how big is it?  Back pain is so common that it is nearly universal. 80% of people will have severe back pain at least once in their lives, and 25% experience it every day. It turns out that...

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  • The role of the core and lower back pain

    When you hear spinal muscles and stability, the first thing that may come to mind is a term called the core. In this blog, we\'ll explore the historical perspective of the core and debunk common myths around the core and if the term core...

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  • The role of muscle dysfunction in low back pain

    The muscles that are located around the spine have specific functions in the control of movement posture and balance. Here we will specifically discuss the muscles at the back, but there are important muscles at the front as well. On yo...

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  • 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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