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The intervertebral joints I: The intervertebral disc

Jeanette Mitchell
South African Journal of Physiotherapy | Vol 47, No 2 | a762 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajp.v47i2.762 | © 2018 Jeanette Mitchell | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 27 September 2018 | Published: 31 May 1991

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Jeanette Mitchell, Department of Physiotherapy, Medical School, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

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The structure of the intervertebral disc is described in detail, some reference being made to clinically relevant aspects of the anatomy. Some biomechanical terms, such as motion and force, creep and hysteresis, are explained and discussed in relation to the intervertebral disc as a clinically important structure.


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