Obesity associated with reduced disc height

  • July 24, 2014

Researchers have found an association between obesity and reduced disc height in the lumbar spine; however, this association did not hold true at the lumbosacral junction.

The cross-sectional, community-based study included 72 participants, of whom 41 were non-obese and 31 were obese. All patients underwent MRI from the T12 vertebral body to the sacrum. The researchers measured body mass index and disc height from L1–L2 to L5–S1, and assessed low back pain reported during the previous 2 weeks.

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