I am Degenerating!

Often when we experience non-specific pain, or an acute injury one of the first interventions is to determine the correct diagnosis. Diagnosis to determine the cause of pain often includes scans such as MRI’s, CT’s and X-ray’s. When scans of any part of the body are completed a report is generated by a trained radiographer. ‘Degeneration’ is a common finding of these reports, but exactly what does it mean?

When used in a medical setting ‘Degeneration’ refers to the everyday wear and tear on different musculoskeletal structures of the body. Don’t panic, the simple fact is that we are all ‘Degenerating’, primarily caused by ageing. We reach peak bone mass at approximately 30 years of age, and from there it is a matter of minimising ‘Degeneration’ of our bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments and cartilage structures.

How do you prevent ‘Degeneration’? One of the best ways to minimise the risk of degenerative changes is to stay physically active, loading the musculoskeletal structures of our body keeps them strong. It is also important to ensure that we are being efficient and using all muscles, ligaments and tendons in balance.

One of the best methods to achieve musculoskeletal balance is to have your work station assessed through an ‘Ergonomic Assessment’ and your muscle activation patterns assessed during everyday movement tasks and exercise using a ‘Functional Movement Screen’ or ‘Biomechanical Assessment’. Exercise Physiologists can assist you by performing these assessments, and designing exercise programmes to reduce your risk of ‘Degeneration’. If you would like further information on how the Accredited Exercise Physiologists at Absolute Balance may be able to assist you, or to book in for an assessment or screen, contact us at info@absolutebalance.com.au.


Ingrid Hand (BSc – ExHealthSc, GraddipSc – ExRehab, MSc – HumMvt)

Exercise Rehabilitation Manager – Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) (ESSAM)