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Degenerative changes of vertebrae, intervertebral discs, and narrowing of the intervertebral foramens of the cervical spine in physical workers with neck pain
 
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II Department of Radiology, Medical University Lublin, Poland
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Department of Animal Physiology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Life Sciences, Lublin, Poland
 
J Pre Clin Clin Res. 2011;5(2):60–62
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Disorders of the skeletal system in humans are a serious problem. The aim of the study was to determine occurrence of degenerative changes of vertebrae, degeneration of intervertebral discs, osteophytes of vertebral body margins, and narrowing of intervertebral foramens on several motion segments of cervical spine in physical workers suffering from neck pain (NP). All patients were subjected to computed tomography examination and following three-dimensional shaded surface display reconstructions of the C3–C7 segments. The relationships between intervertebral discs degenerative changes, osteophytes of vertebral body margins, and intervertebral foramens narrowing of cervical spine were determined. The occurrence of degeneration of intervertebral discs and osteophytes of vertebral body margins was stated in 97 and 56 motion segments of the cervical spine, respectively. The occurrence of narrowing of intervertebral foramens on the right and left side of the cervical spine was stated in 84 and 78 motion segments, respectively. Statistically significant relationships were found between the investigated degenerative changes within single motion segment. In conclusion, positive relationships were found between the occurrence of degeneration of intervertebral discs, osteophytes of anterior vertebral body margins, and narrowing of intervertebral foramens of the cervical spine in physical workers suffering from NP.
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Witold Krupski   
II Department of Radiology Medical University, Staszica 16, 20-081 Lublin, Poland; tel./fax: +48 81 532 10 84.
 
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