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Pathophysiology of low back pain during exposure to microgravity.
Further studies of countermeasures are recommended to prevent excessive spinal elongation and disc expansion, reduce low back pain in microgravity, and simulate 1-G disc homeostasis, which may also help prevent HNPs postflight. Expand
Lumbar Spine Paraspinal Muscle and Intervertebral Disc Height Changes in Astronauts After Long-Duration Spaceflight on the International Space Station
The data reveal lumbar spine PSM atrophy after long-duration spaceflight, and this project aims to promote spine health and prevent spinal injury during space missions and here on Earth. Expand
From the international space station to the clinic: how prolonged unloading may disrupt lumbar spine stability.
- J. Bailey, Stephanie L. Miller, +7 authors J. Lotz
- The spine journal : official journal of the North…
- 23 September 2017
It is observed that multifidus atrophy, rather than intervertebral disc swelling, is associated strongly with lumbar flattening and increased stiffness, which may elevate injury risk for astronauts upon return to gravity loading. Expand
Back pain in space and post-flight spine injury: Mechanisms and countermeasure development
Quantitative results on morphological, biochemical, metabolic, and kinematic spinal changes in the lumbar spine may aid further development of countermeasures to prevent lumbare back pain in microgravity and reduce the incidence of herniated nucleus pulposus post-flight. Expand
RISK OF INTERVERTEBRAL DISC DAMAGE AFTER PROLONGED SPACE FLIGHT
- D. Chang, Jojo V. Sayson, +4 authors A. Hargens
- British Journal of Sports Medicine
- 11 March 2014
The data support the idea that decreased gravitational forces on the IVDs, during prolonged microgravity, increases their water content but decreases proteoglycan, which increases disk degeneration risk on Earth. Expand
Microgravity-induced back pain and intervertebral disc herniation: International space station results