Sensory innervation of human thoracolumbar fascia. An immunohistochemical study

Acta Orthop Scand. 1992 Apr;63(2):195-7. doi: 10.3109/17453679209154822.


We have studied the human thoracolumbar fascia by using antiserum against neurofilament protein (NFP) and S-100 protein to identify sensory nerve fibers and their endings. Seven surgical specimens from 7 patients were studied with light microscopy. In addition to free nerve endings, two types of encapsulated mechanoreceptors (Ruffini's and Vater-Pacini corpuscles) were identified. These findings support the hypothesis that the thoracolumbar fascia may play a neurosensory role in the lumbar spine mechanism.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Fascia / innervation*
  • Fascia / metabolism
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • Lumbar Vertebrae*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Neurofilament Proteins / analysis
  • Neurons, Afferent / metabolism*
  • S100 Proteins / analysis
  • Thoracic Vertebrae*


  • Neurofilament Proteins
  • S100 Proteins