The beneficial role of lubricin in the intervertebral disc is not fully understood

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Orthopedic surgeons who treat knee and shoulder injuries are reading and hearing more about lubricin and its important function as a lubricant in articular cartilage. It is something we will be hearing more about in the future. Recently, researchers have begun exploring its potential in the intervertebral disc.

I invited Myron Spector, PhD, an Orthopedics Today Editorial Board member, to share his insights and answer this month’s 4 Questions regarding the role of lubricin in musculoskeletal tissues, including the spine.

Background information related to the following interview can be found in the Orthopedics Today 4 Questions interview with Carl R. Flannery, PhD, who addressed lubricin in the context of articular cartilage.

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