European Spine Journal

, Volume 15, Supplement 3, pp 333–337

The vertebral endplate: disc degeneration, disc regeneration


DOI: 10.1007/s00586-006-0170-4

Cite this article as:
Moore, R.J. Eur Spine J (2006) 15(Suppl 3): 333. doi:10.1007/s00586-006-0170-4


The vertebral endplates are critical for maintaining disc function yet like other components of the disc are vulnerable to degeneration. This paper provides an overview of the development and normal function of the endplates as well as an impression of what happens when they undergo progressive degeneration. Recent research suggests that the degenerative process can be retarded or reversed.


Disc Endplate Degeneration Regeneration 

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© Springer-Verlag 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Adelaide Centre for Spinal ResearchInstitute of Medical and Veterinary Science AdelaideAustralia
  2. 2.Department of Pathology University of AdelaideAdelaideAustralia

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