Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Genetic studies and MRI scans shed light on low back pain

By delving into the mysteries of low back pain, scientists have identified three genes linked to chronic back pain and proposed the order in which pathological changes to the spine lead to low back pain.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Early-onset lumbar disc degeneration-associated mutation identified

Lumbar disc degeneration (LDD) is characterized by pain in the lumbar region of the spine as a result of a compromised disc. LDD is fairly common and thought to be the result of both environmental and genetic risk factors; ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Glucosamine negatively affects lumbar discs

(HealthDay)—Glucosamine supplementation, which is often used for low back pain, has a detrimental effect on lumbar disc matrix homeostasis in an animal model of disc degeneration, according to a study published in the May ...

Genetics

Researcher tags genes linked to disc degeneration

(PhysOrg.com) -- Lumbar disc degeneration is an uncomfortable condition that affects millions of people, but two University of Alberta researchers have identified some of the genes that are causing problems.