A robotic testing facility for the measurement of the mechanics of spinal joints.

@article{Visser2007ART,
  title={A robotic testing facility for the measurement of the mechanics of spinal joints.},
  author={Hans de Visser and Christie D Rowe and Mark Pearcy},
  journal={Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Part H, Journal of engineering in medicine},
  year={2007},
  volume={221 3},
  pages={
          221-7
        }
}
A robotic testing facility for the measurement of joint mechanics was used to determine the significance of tears in the intervertebral disc on the mechanics of the spinal joint. Ten lumbar joints of sheep were dynamically loaded and manipulated. Comparisons were made between the behaviour of the intervertebral disc in flexion and extension at two test speeds. The influence of the posterior elements and of rim lesions was assessed by testing the joint immediately before and after removal of the… CONTINUE READING