HEH Lunchtime Talk: The ageing spine - What degeneration of the spine really means

Dr Dennis Hey
University Spine Centre


Degeneration of the spine is a progressive condition. Apart from ageing which is inevitable, this condition is also heavily influenced by modifiable factors such as one’s postures, activities and previous injuries. During spinal degeneration, several morphological changes occur which often result in pain and discomfort, as well as functional impairment. These changes include rupture and herniation of the intervertebral discs, arthrosis of the facet joints, and deformation of the spine. In order to avoid the need for surgery, a lifetime commitment in ensuring a healthy lifestyle and physical conditioning is important. Adjuncts such as medications, physiotherapy and acupuncture can also be useful. Patients with debilitating symptoms and advanced spinal degeneration should seek the attention of a spine surgeon. For these patients, surgery which is often safe and effective may be required.


Venue : National University Hospital, O & G Seminar Room, 1 Main Building, Level 6 (between wards 61 & 63)
Date : 11 May 2018
Time : 1.00 pm to 2.00 pm
Fee : Free. Registration is required.
Contact phone : 6772 2184