The correlation between abnormalities within the lumbar spine and low back pain can be deceiving. The correlation between abnormalities within the lumbar spine and low back pain can be deceiving. A bulging disc on an MRI can be seen in as many as 90% of individuals over 60 yet they may have no back pain. Should that lead to additional testing, or should we leave well enough alone?
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