Changes in axial compressive behavior of the intervertebral disc resulting from annulus stab wound were investigated using rabbit discs. Results of this study clearly showed that stabbing incision could cause disc degeneration with losses in disc height, elastic modulus, and energy dissipation capacity in 8 weeks after injury. Disc specimens obtained at 12 weeks after stab incision showed no further changes in disc height and axial compressive behavior from those found in 8 week specimens.

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