1. General principles relating to the joint tissues and their function;
2. The osteochondral junction;
3. Failure of the osteochondral junction;
4. Shear failure of the osteochondral junction;
5. A large in vivo model exploring extreme physiological loading of the osteochondral tissues;
Part II - The Intervertebral Disc-Endplate System:
6. Relevant anatomy and macro-level structure;
7. The elastic fibre component in the disc;
8. Detailed analysis of the disc-endplate system;
9. Structure of the nucleus and its relation to annulus and endplate;
10. Experimental investigation of failure of the annulus-endplate junction region;
11. Endplate involvement in whole disc failure;
12. Micromechanics of failure of the disc-endplate system under realistic loading;
Part III - The Enthesis:
13. Tendon and ligament biomechanics;
14. The enthesis: composition, structure and function;
15. Exploring enthesis structure-function relationships;
16. Managing the modulus mismatch.
Neil D. Broom is a Professor in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering at the University of Auckland, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand.
Ashvin Thambyah University of Auckland.
Ashvin Thambyah is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering at the University of Auckland.