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There are 10 common myths surrounding back pain. Here is the first:

Myth 1: Disc degeneration is a disease

Many people believe disc degeneration is a disease in the sense that there is a pathological problem or deficiency with the discs in their back. Disc degeneration is actually part of our aging process and can not be reversed.

It’s important to recognize that disc degeneration doesn’t always equal pain. Just because our discs degenerate and lose some of their normal characteristics as we age doesn’t necessarily mean they will become painful. We can treat disc issues that look abnormal on an MRI, yet these efforts may not always yield therapeutic results.

Watch Dr. Raub's video series on the '10 most common back pain myths' on VSO's YouTube channel.

Myth 1: Disc degeneration is a disease