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Lumbar Disk Problems in the Athlete

Background

Low back pain (LBP) is one of the most common reasons for missed playing time in professional athletics, as well as a leading reason for healthcare provider visits. When evaluating patients with LBP, lumbar disc problems should be considered (see image below).

Radiograph of the lumbar spine. This image demonst

Radiograph of the lumbar spine. This image demonstrates L5-S1 disk space narrowing (the most common location).

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See Back Pain: Find the Cause, Watch for the Comeback, a Critical Images slideshow, to help diagnose and manage this common problem.

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