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Characteristic Motion Signatures Derived From the Theken eDisc Under Multi-Axial Loading

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James P. Price, Brian E. Rich

Theken Disc LLC, Akron, OH

Christopher P. Cole, Richard R. Navarro

Theken Disc, LLC, Akron, OH

Paper No. BioMed2007-38071, pp. 27-28; 2 pages
  • ASME 2007 2nd Frontiers in Biomedical Devices Conference
  • ASME 2007 2nd Frontiers in Biomedical Devices
  • Irvine, California, USA, June 7–8, 2007
  • Conference Sponsors: Nanotechnology Institute
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4266-5 | eISBN: 0-7918-3797-1
  • Copyright © 2007 by ASME


The motions and loads experienced by the human spine are complex and have been the subject of much study over the years. The emerging field of intervertebral disc arthroplasty offers products that must function within this complex loading environment over long periods of time. So called “first generation” intervertebral disc designs accomplish this through one or more articulating surfaces. Second generation artificial discs attempt to mimic the multi-axial disc motion and stiffness exhibited by the natural human disc. The eDisc not only provides this type of viscoelastic motion, but also provides the first capability to sense loads and motions to improve patient outcomes.

Copyright © 2007 by ASME
Topics: Motion



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