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Archived Comments for: Degeneration of the intervertebral disc

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  1. Back pain does not equal degenerative discs

    pATRICK Massey, Alexian Brothers Hospital Network

    20 November 2003

    I strongly disagree with the conclusion that LBP is associated with degenerative discs. The one study quoted did not have controls and a number of other studies have demonstrated no relationship between back pain and degenerative discs.

    This type of conclusion continues to foster wrong concepts and research directions. As a medical community, we need to look at the data with impassionate eyes to find real solutions to one of the contry's biggest medical problems.

    Patrick B. Massey MD, PhD

    Competing interests

    No competing interests.