• 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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  • 3 Misconceptions about Spinal Discs

    What are spinal discs? Most of your back is made up of structures we are familiar with, such as bone and muscle. The intervertebral disc, however, is a unique structure that doesn’t appear anywhere else in the body, so it’s not as widel...

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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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  • What exercise is best for low back pain

    The first question we need to ask is whether exercise is good for low back pain. The resounding answer is YES! Every high-quality study and every meta-analysis of the literature comes to the same conclusion. Exercise is the best first-li...

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  • Why your back pain probably isn’t from a bulging disc

    Think of the inner disc like a sponge. A brand new sponge will soak up lots of water where one that has dried out won’t hold much water at all.Disc bulging is a normal part of ageing. It’s like Everyone’s discs bulge (almost…) Disc bul...

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