Compressive Load Increased Disc Degeneration

Published November 11, 2015

Here is a study where they took rabbit spines and caused compression on the vertebral bodies, like what happens bio-mechanically in a loss of the lordosis or a kyphosis. What the authors found was this "Compression resulted in degeneration of the cartilaginous endplate and decrease in the osseous endplate vascular channel volume, both of which led to the degeneration of the IVD. Unloading and distraction allowed the regeneration of the extracellular matrix in both the endplate and the recovery of vascular channels."

Think about this!! A compressive load causes the discs to degenerate by shutting off vascular . . .

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