Torg ratio

Torg ratio

(tawrg)
[Joseph S. Torg, U.S. orthopedist, b. 1934]
The relationship between the diameter of the spinal canal and the corresponding vertebral body. The Torg ratio is calculated through radiographical or MRI measurement by dividing the sagittal diameter of the canal by the diameter of the vertebral body. Studies have indicated that lower ratios correspond to higher risk of spinal cord injury in American football.
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25) Herzog and coworkers found that many athletes have a larger than normal vertebral body width, which caused the Torg ratio to be misleading.
Although there seems to be a relationship between a low Torg ratio and spinal injury, it does not necessarily predispose athletes to an initial injury.
Forty-two of these athletes had a Torg ratio less than 0.
40) Athletes with a lower Torg ratio have been described in the literature as having a higher incidence of recurrent stingers.
Variation of the cervical spinal Torg ratio with gender and ethnicity.