If you are 30+, 40+, 50+, don't let those MRI findings scare you! Learn more about disk degeneration and disk bulging with Brooke! - The Physio Revolution

If you are 30+, 40+, 50+, don’t let those MRI findings scare you! Learn more about disk degeneration and disk bulging with Brooke!

Today you’re going to learn all about a client of ours who came in scared about her recent MRI findings for her spine.  She was so relieved to hear what I had told her today and we both agreed this is something that needs to be brought to attention to more people.

Also, I have many people who are surprised that I’m not too concerned with MRI findings and what this video will show you is the reason for this.

Below I discuss the difference between disk bulging and disk degeneration, what a research study can help us decipher between needing surgery or not, and how MRI’s can be confusing in regards to source of pain.

Watch the video first here:

A recent research study was able to take a bunch of people, who had NO SYMPTOMS or PAIN and conduct a MRI scan. The group was then placed according to age and these were the findings of how many had these findings:

Degeneration                                                                   Bulge

30 year olds = 52%                                                         30 year olds = 40%

50 year olds = 80%                                                         50 year olds = 60%

70 year olds = 93%                                                         70 year olds = 77%

This means that when a 50 year old woman walks into my clinic, I do not get too “surprised” about the findings of a disk bulge or disk degeneration, because the probability of each being present is so high already.  What we do at The Physio Revolution is take into account the overall effect this MRI finding has on you personally and clinically.

What do I mean by “clinically”?  Well, typically we mean what symptoms do you complain about, what aggravates or alleviates the discomfort you are feeling, what type of movements are you displaying, are there inconsistencies or poor functional movements that we can gain insight into helping fix so you can continue doing life as you please without discomfort. These give us SO MUCH MORE information than an MRI on how to move forward and help you relieve the discomfort and further progress towards doing the things you LOVE and DESIRE to keep doing.

The Physio Revolution team believes the best route is a conservative route first before needing unnecessary MRI’s, injections, or surgeries.

If this rings true to you too, learn more here with our free back pain report: 7 Essential Tips To Ease Back Pain


Call us if you’d like to schedule for a Free 30 Minute Discovery Visit to learn more about your individual back pain: (720)-772-1133

All for today. Hope this can put some relief at front of your mind and find yourself having a less stressful day! 🙂

Here’s to your health and your happiness,


Brooke Olsen

Brooke Olsen

Co-Founder, Director of Physical Therapy
Brooke is a physical therapist, director of physical therapy, and co-founder at The Physio Revolution. She has worked with professional athletes from Olympic level and recreational weekend warriors to others who are in need of regaining their independence and mobility back in their everyday life. Brooke works extensively with all of the PT’s and spends a vast amount of her time ensuring our treatment plans keep pace with the rapid advancements that make physical therapy so effective and such a ‘go-to’ profession for people aged 45+.
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