When we examine the MRI reports of people who are NOT experiencing low back pain, they look much the same as those who DO have back pain.
Degeneration is normal. It's like wrinkles…but on the inside.
Yes there are dangers (seen in roughly 1% of those who have LBP) but for the majority of LBP sufferers the pain is more about sensitivity of the body's systems than damage.
That doesn't make the pain any less real. But it can reduce the worry that something is seriously wrong.