Annular tear is a major cause of intervertebral disc degeneration that results in disabling back pain. Many of the stresses resulting in this type of lesion are common in the workplace: compression, torsion, compression combined with flexion, and vibration. Age-related disc degeneration begins early in adulthood, and progresses thereafter, altering disc morphology and mechanical properties in ways that predispose to disc herniation, and should not be misconstrued as "old age." Acute trauma may produce disc herniation whether or not there are predisposing factors, such as age-related degeneration, but disc herniation in the absence of acute injury requires the presence of preexisting degenerative changes.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||11|
|Journal||American journal of orthopedics (Belle Mead, N.J.)|
|State||Published - Oct 1999|
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