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spineuniverse.com March 11, 2009
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Do I Have Disc Disease or Am I Just Old?
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I have been told I have degenerative disc disease, and I have two questions related to that. Is that just a catch-all phrase and diagnosis for back pain because of age? And would going to a chiropractor be a good choice?
—Seabrook, TX

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Answer:
This is a wonderful question because it highlights the complexity of discussing almost all aspects of back pain.

If we were to examine 100 low back x-rays of men and women over 50 years old, we would find…

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Arn Strasser, DC This Week's Expert:
Arn Strasser, DC
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Strasser Chiropractic Center
Portland, Oregon
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Current Back Pain Research
Statins and the Spine
Statins and the Spine
One medication may do double duty in relieving your herniated disc pain.

Patients facing degenerative disc disease surgery may have a new (and quite unlikely) ally. 

A recent study found that an anti-cholesterol drug may improve surgical outcomes in younger candidates.

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The McKenzie Method is a comprehensive approach to the management of back and neck pain.
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