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Interactions between disc degeneration and multifidus atrophy

It has been shown that disc injury may cause atrophy of the multifidus muscle. On the other hand, a loss of segmental control due to multifidus atrophy could be a cause of disc injury. The actual cause and effect relationship is unknown. We aim to longitudinally study the interactions between intervertebral disc degeneration and multifidus muscle atrophy.

Project Parameters

Start Date: 2015

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