In these days when greater requirements are made on individual achievements and when private and public insurance against sickness and accidents becomes more general, greater demands are also made upon the diagnostic resources of the physician. The physician may be engaged full time or as consultant in preventive and social medicine. Biomechanical investigations of the lumbar spine are therefore of great medical interest. Manual labour in general has become easier with mechanization but, on the other hand, seemingly easy work may, through its repetition and disproportion, put greater strain on a separate part of the body, such as the back. It is not unusual that the machinery at our service exposes our body to great mechanical strain. The modern physician must be familiar with the injuries that may occur from particular mechanical strains and should be aware of the force which may be allowed when the body is consciously exposed to mechanical strain. These problems have been discussed previously but their practical significance has not been sufficient to justify systematic investigations.


Lumbar Spine Vertebral Body Intervertebral Disc Nucleus Pulposus Dynamic Stress 
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