Recently there have been many biomechanical studies of spinal decompression, fusion and spinal instrumentation. Ideally these studies should be performed employing a human cadaveric spine, but in many countries or institutions human cadaveric specimens cannot be obtained. In such situations, bovine or porcine spines are frequently used instead. Deer and wild boars inflict harm on humans, and 500 thousand boars and 400 thousand deer were hunted in Japan in 2011. In our institution, deer and wild boar specimens are available for research studies. However, there are very few reports comparing the biomechanical properties of the spines of deer and boars to those of humans.
Citation: Wasinpongwanich K, Sakakibara T, Yoshikawa T, Inaba T, Kasai Y, et al. (2014) Are Deer and Boar Spines a Valid Biomechanical Model for Human Spines?. J Spine 3:187.