Are there any modifiable risk factors for the development of lumbar intervertebral disc degeneration?

A recent Japanese study evaluated several factors that could be associated with acquired risk factors for the development of disc degeneration among an older population. Among the most likely risk factors, all of which are modifiable, are high BMI, high LDL cholesterol, occupational lifting, and sports activities.

M. Hangai et al. Factors associated with lumbar intervertebral disc degeneration in the elderly. Spine J. September 2008. Volume 8. Issue 5. Pp 732-740.

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