Biomechanics of the Spine

Biomechanics of the Spine

Basic Concepts, Spinal Disorders and Treatments

1st Edition - April 23, 2018

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  • Editors: Fabio Galbusera, Hans-Joachim Wilke
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128128527
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128128510

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Biomechanics of the Spine encompasses the basics of spine biomechanics, spinal tissues, spinal disorders and treatment methods. Organized into four parts, the first chapters explore the functional anatomy of the spine, with special emphasis on aspects which are biomechanically relevant and quite often neglected in clinical literature. The second part describes the mechanics of the individual spinal tissues, along with commonly used testing set-ups and the constitutive models used to represent them in mathematical studies. The third part covers in detail the current methods which are used in spine research: experimental testing, numerical simulation and in vivo studies (imaging and motion analysis). The last part covers the biomechanical aspects of spinal pathologies and their surgical treatment. This valuable reference is ideal for bioengineers who are involved in spine biomechanics, and spinal surgeons who are looking to broaden their biomechanical knowledge base. The contributors to this book are from the leading institutions in the world that are researching spine biomechanics.

Key Features

  • Includes broad coverage of spine disorders and surgery with a biomechanical focus
  • Summarizes state-of-the-art and cutting-edge research in the field of spine biomechanics
  • Discusses a variety of methods, including In vivo and In vitro testing, and finite element and musculoskeletal modeling


Bioengineers (research labs, manufacturers of orthopaedic devices, engineering students) interested in spine biomechanics. Spine surgeons involved in clinical research, willing to deepen their knowledge of the biomechanical aspects, which may find some parts of this book too technical but would still benefit from the core messages

Table of Contents

    1 The Spine: Its Evolution, Function, and Shape
    2 The Cervical Spine
    3 Basic Biomechanics of the Thoracic Spine and Rib Cage
    4 Basic Biomechanics of the Lumbar Spine

    5 The Vertebral Bone
    6 Intervertebral Disc
    7 The Mechanical Role of Collagen Fibers in the
    Intervertebral Disc
    8 Vertebral Endplates
    9 Spinal Muscles

    10 In Vivo Studies: Spinal Imaging
    11 In Vivo Measurements: Motion Analysis
    12 In Vitro Testing of Cadaveric Specimens
    13 Standard Testing
    14 Mathematical and Finite Element Modeling
    15 Musculoskeletal Modeling
    16 Animal Models for Spine Biomechanics



    17 Fixation and Fusion
    18 Motion Preservation

    19 Scoliosis
    20 Neuromuscular Disorders
    21 Sagittal Imbalance

    22 Biomechanics of Vertebral Fractures and Their Treatment
    23 Spine Tumors

Product details

  • No. of pages: 456
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2018
  • Published: April 23, 2018
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128128527
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128128510

About the Editors

Fabio Galbusera

Prof Fabio Galbusera has been working for the last 15 years in the field of orthopaedic biomechanics. His experience includes both experimental and numerical investigations, as well as clinical studies in the field of orthopaedics, with a focus on spine surgery. He is author of co-author of more than 120 peer-reviewed publications about spine biomechanics, imaging and related fields in orthopaedics. Regarding books, in 2018 he edited the book “Biomechanics of the Spine: Basic Concepts, Spinal Disorders and Treatments” together with Prof. Hans-Joachim Wilke, published by Academic Press, Elsevier Inc.

Affiliations and Expertise

Laboratory of Biological Structures Mechanics, IRCCS Istituto Ortopedico Galeazzi, Milan, Italy

Hans-Joachim Wilke

Prof. Hans-Joachim Wilke is the Co-Director of the Institute of Orthopaedic Research and Biomechanics of Ulm University, Ulm, Germany, where he is responsible of the spine research group. He has been President of the Spine Society of Europe as well as of the German Spine Society, and is currently co-Editor of European Spine Journal for the basic science papers. Besides, Prof. Wilke is the founder and chairman of the Grammer Award for spine research. He has been involved in several large scale research projects funded by the European Commission.

Affiliations and Expertise

Co-director of the Institute of Orthopaedic Research and Biomechanics, Ulm University, Ulm, Germany

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