Vertebral End Plates Definition | Back Pain and Neck Pain Medical Glossary

Vertebral End Plates Definition

Vertebral end plates are the top and bottom portions of the vertebral bodies that interface with the vertebral discs. The vertebral end plate is composed of a layer of thickened cancellous bone, The force imposed on the endplate from major load bearing or a herniated disc can cause end-plate abnormality and dysfunction. Malformations and fractures in the vertebral end plate can be detected through MRI scan or discogram.