Intradiscal pressure depends on recent loading and correlates with disc height and compressive stiffness.

P.P.A. Vergroesen, A.J. van der Veen, B.J. van Royen, I. Kingma, T.H. Smit

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    Purpose Intervertebral discs exhibit time-dependent deformation (creep), which could influence the relation between applied stress and intradiscal pressure. This study investigates the effect of prolonged dynamic loading on intradiscal pressure, disc height and compressive stiffness, and examines their mutual relationships. Methods Fifteen caprine lumbar discs with 5 mm of vertebral bone on either side were compressed by 1 Hz sinusoidal load for 4.5 h. After preload, ‘High’ (130 ± 20 N) or ‘Low’ (50 ± 10 N) loads were alternated every half hour. Continuous intradiscal pressure measurement was performed with a pressure transducer needle. Results Each disc showed a linear relationship between axial compression and intradiscal pressure (R2>0.91). The intercept of linear regression analysis declined over time, but the gradient remained constant. Disc height changes were correlated to intradiscal pressure changes (R2>0.98): both decreased during High loading, and increased during Low loading. In contrast, compressive stiffness increased during High loading, and was inversely related to intradiscal pressure and disc height. Conclusions Intradiscal pressure is influenced by recent loading due to fluid flow. The correlations found in this study suggest that intradiscal pressure is important for disc height and axial compliance. These findings are relevant for mechanobiology studies, nucleus replacements, finite element models, and ex vivo organ culture systems.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)2359-2368
    JournalEuropean Spine Journal
    Issue number11
    Publication statusPublished - 2014


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