Which histologic findings are characteristic of mechanical low back pain?

Updated: Mar 06, 2018
  • Author: Everett C Hills, MD, MS; Chief Editor: Stephen Kishner, MD, MHA  more...
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Anatomic studies of autopsy tissues taken from individuals aged in their 20s reveal a superficial annulus fibrosus ligament over the ventral surface of the L5 intervertebral disk. This ligament is completely separate from the overlying anterior longitudinal ligament and the intervertebral disk. The fibers are vertically oriented.


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