Infographic created in January 2016 by ECEZG about “Systematic literature review of imaging features of spinal degeneration in asymptomatic populations” by Brinjikji et al (2015)
Infographic: Systematic literature review of imaging features of spinal degeneration in asymptomatic populations
Brinjikji et al – 2015
In this Systematic Review the researchers included a total of 33 articles (out of 379) and extracted the data to determine age-specific prevalence rates of imaging findings among Asymptomatic Individuals. They searched specificly for imaging findings of spinal degenerations. The prevalence of these imaging findings were in fact quite high, as can be seen in the graph. This means that these imaging findings must be interpreted with caution and in the context of the patient’s clincical condition. Above this, a physiotherapist or manual therapist should realise this when he/she refers his/her patient with lower back or neck pain for medical imaging. These conclusions can also be used during the patient education when the physiotherapists wants to explain why he/she doesn’t want to refer his/her patient.
This Systematic Review (SR) is rated with use of the AMSTAR checklist with a score of 6/11 due to;
- No reference to an a priori design was disclosed
- No grey literature was used
- No list of excluded articles
- No mention of the scientific quality of the included articles
- Not clear if the scientific quality of the included studies was used appropriately in formulating conclusions due to not mentioning the scientific quality of the included articles
Disclaimer: The infographic is made by ECEZG with high care. The research is done by Brinjikji et al. ECEZG does not claim to have done the research itself, neither did ECEZG change any of the outcomes. The main goal of this infographic is to inform fellow physiotherapists and manual therapists. Used images and artwork are owned by ECEZG.