Disc mechanics with trans-endplate partial nucleotomy are not fully restored following cyclic compressive loading and unloaded recovery.

@article{Vresilovic2006DiscMW,
  title={Disc mechanics with trans-endplate partial nucleotomy are not fully restored following cyclic compressive loading and unloaded recovery.},
  author={Edward J. Vresilovic and Wade Johannessen and Dawn M. Elliott},
  journal={Journal of biomechanical engineering},
  year={2006},
  volume={128 6},
  pages={823-9}
}
Mechanical function of the intervertebral disc is maintained through the interaction between the hydrated nucleus pulposus, the surrounding annulus fibrosus, and the superior and inferior endplates. In disc degeneration the normal transfer of load between disc substructures is compromised. The objective of this study was to explore the mechanical role of the nucleus pulposus in support of axial compressive loads over time. This was achieved by measuring the elastic slow ramp and viscoelastic… CONTINUE READING