Comparison of the Extent of Degeneration among the Normal Disc, Immobilized Disc, and Immobilized Disc with an Endplate Fracture

BACKGROUND This study attempts to prove a cause and effect relationship between spine immobilization following posterior fixation for unstable burst fractures and degeneration observed following hardware removal. METHODS We enrolled 57 patients (259 intervertebral discs [IVDs]) who underwent only posterior instrumentation without fusion for thoracolumbar… CONTINUE READING