Biomechanics of the Spine - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128128510

Biomechanics of the Spine

1st Edition

Basic Concepts, Spinal Disorders and Treatments

Editors: Fabio Galbusera Hans-Joachim Wilke
Paperback ISBN: 9780128128510
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st May 2018
Page Count: 400
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Biomechanics of the Spine covers basics of spine biomechanics, spinal tissues, methods and spinal disorders. It is an ideal reference 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.

This book is split into 4 parts. In the first part, the functional anatomy of the spine is presented, with special emphasis of the aspects which are biomechanically relevant and quite often neglected in the 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.

Key Features

  • Includes a broad coverage of spine disorders and surgery with a biomechanics focus
  • Summarizes state of the art and cutting edge research in the field of spine biomechanics
  • Methods discussed include: In vivo and In vitro testing, finite element modeling 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 on the biomechanical aspects, which may find some parts of this book too technical but would still benefit from the core messages

Table of Contents

Part 1: The human spine
1. The spine: the key element in the vertebrate body design (Fabio Galbusera)
2. The shape of the human spine (Yann-Philippe Charles)
3. The lumbar spine: anatomy, loads and biomechanics (David Volkheimer and Hans-Joachim Wilke)
4. The thoracic spine and the rib cage (Benedikt Schlager and Hans-Joachim Wilke)
5. The cervical spine (Renè Jonas and Hans-Joachim Wilke)

Part 2: Biomechanics of spinal tissues
6. Vertebral bone (Rami Haj-Ali)
7. Intervertebral disc and ligaments (Andrea Malandrino)
8. Vertebral endplates (Kelly Wade)
9. Spinal muscles (Themis Tomanidou and Jerome Noailly)

Part 3: Methods
10. In vivo studies: spinal imaging (Luca Sconfienza and Fabio Galbusera)
11. In vivo studies: motion analysis (Elena Stucovitz and Fabio Galbusera)
12. In vitro testing of cadaveric specimens (David Volkheimer and Hans-Joachim Wilke)
13. In vitro testing of spinal implants (Luigi La Barbera)
14. Mathematical and finite element modeling (Luigi La Barbera)
15. Musculoskeletal modeling (Tito Bassani and Fabio Galbusera)
16. Animal models for spine biomechanics (Gloria Casaroli and Tomaso Villa)

Part 4: Spinal disorders and spine surgery
Biomechanics of degenerative diseases
17. Biomechanics of degenerative changes (Jerome Noailly)
18. Fixation and fusion (Fabio Galbusera)
19. Motion preservation (Fabio Galbusera)
Spinal deformities
20. The growing and adolescent spine (Maryem Ismael)
21. Neuromuscular spine disorders (Marco Brayda-Bruno and Fabio Galbusera)
22. Adult scoliosis (Maryem Ismael)
23. Sagittal imbalance (Andrea Luca)
Trauma and tumors
24. The osteoporotic spine (Francesco Costa)
25. Biomechanics of vertebral fractures and their treatment (Werner Schmoelz)
26. Whiplash (Zhihui Qian)
27. Spine tumors (Francesco Costa, Zhihui Qian and Fabio Galbusera)


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About the Editor

Fabio Galbusera

Head of the Laboratory of Biological Structures Mechanics, IRCCS Istituto Ortopedico Galeazzi,Milan, Italy. Dr. Galbusera has been working for the last 12 years in this field. His experience includes both experimental and numerical investigations, as well as clinical studies in the field of spine surgery. He is author of co-author of more than 50 peer-reviewed publications about the spine. The team includes several researchers and doctors working at his Institute, and colleagues from other Institutions (notably the Ulm University, with which he is actively cooperating).

Affiliations and Expertise

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

Hans-Joachim Wilke

Affiliations and Expertise

University Hospital of Essen, Essen, Germany