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Biomechanical alteration of stress and strain distribution associated with vertebral fracture

Mazlan, Muhammad Hazli and Mitsugu, Todo and Ikuho, Yonezawa and Hiromitsu, Takano (2017) Biomechanical alteration of stress and strain distribution associated with vertebral fracture. Journal Of Mechanical Engineering, 2 (2). pp. 123-133. ISSN 2550164X

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The phenomenon of recurrent fractures at the adjacent level of a fractured vertebra is becoming a major concern amongst medical practitioners. To date, the underlying cause of this phenomenon is still elusive; therefore, a further investigation is in dire need in order to achieve satisfactory clinical outcomes in the future. In the present study, an image based finite element analysis (FEA) was used to investigate the biomechanical alterations of spine that have been diagnosed with first lumbar (L1) vertebral compression fracture as compared to a healthy spine. The FEA assessment was made based on the model’s stress and strain distributions. A complimentary examination of bone density distribution and kyphotic deformity angle of the model would give further details on the underlying cause of this phenomenon. The results showed that the vertebral fracture model tends to produce higher stresses and strains generation in comparison to the healthy vertebral model, especially at the adjacent level of the fractured vertebra. These conditions were highly correlated to the bad quality of the bone strength due to osteoporosis, and the kyphotic structural of the fractured vertebral model. The combination of these two elements has put the structural integrity of the vertebrae at the stake of bone fracturing even under the influence of daily living activity.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Recurrent fracture; finite element analysis; vertebral compression fractures; osteoporosis; spine
Subjects: T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery > TJ1-162 Mechanical engineering and machinery
Divisions: Faculty of Electrical and Electronic Engineering > Department of Electronic Engineering
Depositing User: Mr. Mohammad Shaifulrip Ithnin
Date Deposited: 15 Aug 2018 03:28
Last Modified: 15 Aug 2018 03:28
URI: http://eprints.uthm.edu.my/id/eprint/10306
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