RISK OF INTERVERTEBRAL DISC DAMAGE AFTER PROLONGED SPACE FLIGHT

@article{Chang2014RISKOI,
  title={RISK OF INTERVERTEBRAL DISC DAMAGE AFTER PROLONGED SPACE FLIGHT},
  author={D. Chang and Jojo V. Sayson and S. Chiang and R. Riascos-Castaneda and K. Walker and J. Lotz and A. Hargens},
  journal={British Journal of Sports Medicine},
  year={2014},
  volume={48},
  pages={578 - 579}
}
Background Back pain and intervertbral disc (IVD) damage are common problems experienced by astronauts. We hypothesize this is from paraspinal muscle deconditioning, ∼5 cm body lengthening from spinal swelling and straightening, and biochemical tissue changes. Objective Examine morphological changes in the lumbar spine induced by spaceflight. Design Prospective, case series clinical study. Setting We studied crewmembers from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Participants… Expand