European Radiology

, Volume 15, Issue 3, pp 591–598 | Cite as

Degenerative disorders of the spine

  • Massimo Gallucci
  • Edoardo Puglielli
  • Alessandra Splendiani
  • Francesca Pistoia
  • Giorgio Spacca


Patients with back pain and degenerative disorders of the spine have a significant impact on health care costs. Some authors estimate that up to 80% of all adults experience back pain at some point in their lives. Disk herniation represents one of the most frequent causes. Nevertheless, other degenerative diseases have to be considered. In this paper, pathology and imaging of degenerative spine diseases will be discussed, starting from pathophysiology of normal age-related changes of the intervertebral disk and vertebral body.


Spine Degenerative Spondylosis Disk pathology Disk herniation Spine Radiology 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Massimo Gallucci
    • 1
  • Edoardo Puglielli
    • 1
  • Alessandra Splendiani
    • 1
  • Francesca Pistoia
    • 2
  • Giorgio Spacca
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of RadiologyUniversity of L’AquilaL’AquilaItaly
  2. 2.Department of NeuroscienceS. Salvatore HospitalL’AquilaItaly

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