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Eur Spine J. 2006 Aug;15 Suppl 3:S333-7. Epub 2006 Jul 1.

The vertebral endplate: disc degeneration, disc regeneration.

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Adelaide Centre for Spinal Research, Institute of Medical and Veterinary Science, Adelaide, SA, Australia.

Abstract

The vertebral endplates are critical for maintaining disc function yet like other components of the disc are vulnerable to degeneration. This paper provides an overview of the development and normal function of the endplates as well as an impression of what happens when they undergo progressive degeneration. Recent research suggests that the degenerative process can be retarded or reversed.

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16816945
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PMC2335377
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10.1007/s00586-006-0170-4
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