Published in Pain and Central Nervous System Week, December 24th, 2007
"Vertebrae can strengthen and weaken according to mechanical demands, but the avascular intervertebral discs may be unable to ''keep up.'' Little is known about the relative strength of discs and vertebrae. Forty-seven thoracolumbar motion segments were obtained from 30 cadavers 48 to 91 years of age. Each was compressed until a vertebra fractured, and...
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