The effect of disc degeneration on anterior shear translation in the lumbar spine: Still more problems lie ahead.
J Orthop Res. 2015 Oct 31;
Authors: Shen Y, Peng D, Dai Z, Zhong W
Low back pain is the single most common cause for disability in individuals aged 45 years or younger and as a result carries tremendous weight in socioeconomic considerations. Undoubtedly, numerous factors are contributed to low back pain; mechanical causes of low back pain include degenerative spinal pathologies such as spondylolisthesis, disc herniation, discogenic pain, and so on. Although the study by Melnyk et al(1) has dramatically improved our knowledge about the effect of disc degeneration on anterior translation of the lumbar spine under shear loading, we do not completely agree with the conclusion indicating that disc degeneration, as classified with the Pfirrmann scale, does not predict lumbar spinal motion in shear. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
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