Musculoskeletal Modeling of the Lumbar Spine to Explore Functional Interactions between Back Muscle Loads and Intervertebral Disk Multiphysics

  • Authors
  • Toumanidou T, Noailly JB
  • UPF authors
  • NOAILLY ., JÉRÔME BERNARD;
  • Type
  • Scholarly articles
  • Journal títle
  • Frontiers in bioengineering and biotechnology
  • Publication year
  • 2015
  • Volume
  • 3
  • Number
  • 111
  • Pages
  • 1-13
  • ISSN
  • 2296-4185
  • Publication State
  • Published
  • Abstract
  • During daily activities, complex biomechanical interactions influence the biophysical regulation of intervertebral disks (IVDs), and transfers of mechanical loads are largely controlled by the stabilizing action of spine muscles. Muscle and other internal forces cannot be easily measured directly in the lumbar spine. Hence, biomechanical models are important tools for the evaluation of the loads in those tissues involved in low-back disorders. Muscle force estimations in most musculoskeletal models mainly rely, however, on inverse calculations and static optimizations that limit the predictive power of the numerical calculations. In order to contribute to the development of predictive systems, we coupled a predictive muscle model with the passive resistance of the spine tissues, in a L3¿S1 musculoskeletal finite element model with osmo-poromechanical IVD descriptions. The model included 46 fascicles of the major back muscles that act on the lower spine. The muscle model interacted with activity-related loads imposed to the osteoligamentous structure, as standing position and night rest were simulated through distributed upper body mass and free IVD swelling, respectively. Calculations led to intradiscal pressure values within ranges of values measured in vivo. Disk swelling led to muscle activation and muscle force distributions that seemed particularly appropriate to counterbalance the anterior body mass effect in standing. Our simulations pointed out a likely existence of a functional balance between stretch-induced muscle activation and IVD multiphysics toward improved mechanical stability of the lumbar spine understanding. This balance suggests that proper night rest contributes to mechanically strengthen the spine during day activity.
  • Complete citation
  • Toumanidou T, Noailly JB. Musculoskeletal Modeling of the Lumbar Spine to Explore Functional Interactions between Back Muscle Loads and Intervertebral Disk Multiphysics. Frontiers in bioengineering and biotechnology 2015; 3(111): 1-13.
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  • 11 times cited Scopus
  • 7 times cited WOS
  • Índex Scimago de 1.16(2015)