Date of Award

Fall 1987

Document Type

Thesis - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Biomedical Engineering

First Advisor

Myklebust, Joel

Second Advisor

Pintar, Frank A.

Third Advisor

Sances, Anthony


The biomechanical properties of human lumbar vertebrae are useful in the understanding and study of low back pain. Low back pain has been the focus of considerable research, both clinical and biomechanical. It is estimated to cost $14 billion each year to cover the cost of treatment and compensation for persons suffering from low back pain. The recovery properties of human vertebrae play an important role in the treatment of people with vertebral fractures. The studies on the contribution of cortex to vertebral body strength will help to understand how the load is distributed through the vertebra-disk-vertebra structure in the spine. It is my sincere hope that the data obtained from these studies will help to further the understanding of the biomechanics of lumbar spine.



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