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Mary Rodts, DNP
Associate Professor
Rush College of Nursing
Chicago, IL
Dr. Rodts is a member of the SpineUniverse Editorial Board.

About Mary Rodts, DNP

Board certified as an Orthopaedic Nurse, Mary Rodts, DNP, CNP, ONC, FAAN, is a Surgical Nursing Practitioner/Teacher of Surgical Nursing at Rush University Medical Center. She is part of the medical practice Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush. In addition to nursing, education is a major part of Mary's work. Mary holds a faculty appointment at Rush College of Nursing, Rush University, where she is currently an Associate Professor. She is a preceptor to graduate students from Rush University and many local universities. The Howmedica Endowed Scholarship recognized Mary's dedication to education in orthopaedic nursing.

She is a member and former past president of the National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses (NAON). NAON twice awarded Mary the Outstanding Contribution Award in recognition of her contributions to the continued growth and development of the association. Currently, she is the Editor in Chief of NAON's journal, Orthopaedic Nursing. She is also Guest Editor of specific issues for the Nursing Clinics of North America. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.

In addition to nursing associations, Mary is one of very few nurses who is a member of the Scoliosis Research Society. She is a recipient of the Scoliosis Research Society's Walter P. Blount award. Mary has presented her extensive medical research at international and national speaking engagements, contributing 24 articles in peer-reviewed scientific publications and eight chapters to medical books.

Publications

Journals:

1. Restriction of Cervical Spine Motion after Milwaukee Brace Treatment for Scoliosis. Orthopaedic Transactions, 1977.

2. Anterior and Posterior Spine Fusion for Scoliosis. Orthopaedic Transactions, 1978.

3. Spondylolisthesis in the Adolescent. Orthopaedic Nursing, Vol. 6, No. 5, May, 1979.

4. Anterior and Posterior Spine Fusion for Paralytic Scoliosis. Spine, Vol. 4, No. 5, September/October, 1979.

5. Severe Spondylolisthesis in Adolescents and Children: Reduction and Staged Circumferential Fusion. Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, April, 1981.

6. Musculoskeletal Assessment. Nursing, May, 1983.

7. How to Remove a Cast. Procedures, Intermed Communications, 1983, pg. 663.

8. Associated Practice: A Case for Professional Collaboration. Journal of Nursing Administration, November, 1983.

9. Bone Banking: Its Role in Skeletal Tumor Reconstruction. Orthopaedic Nursing, September/October, 1985.

10. Surgical Intervention for Adult Scoliosis. Orthopaedic Nursing. November/December, 1987.

11. Cotrel-Dubousset Instrumentation for Scoliosis. Nursing Yearbook. Springhouse Corporation, 1988.

12. Zielke Instrumentation: Indications, Technique and Review of 25 Cases. Orthopaedics, October, 1988.

13. The Rush ISIS Experience: Initial Results. Orthopaedic Transactions, 1990.

14. Sprains and Strains. Patient Teaching Looseleaf Library. Springhouse Corporation, April, 1990.

15. The Rush ISIS Experience: Initial Results. Backtalk, Vol. 14, No. 2, Summer, 1990.

16. HIV Precautions for Prevention in the Workplace. Orthopaedic Nursing, September/October, 1992.

17. Spinal Surgery for Adults. Handbook of Therapeutic Interventions. Springhouse Corporation, 1993.

18. Competitive Athletes and Injuries: A Rehabilitation Performance Perspective. Orthopaedic Nursing, Vol. 13, No. S., September/October, 1994.

19. In Memory of Jane Callahan. Orthopaedic Nursing, May/June, 1995.

20. Spinal Cord Injury without Radiographic Abnormality (SCIWORA). Orthopaedic Nursing, Vol. 16, No. 5., September/October, 1997.

21. Ready for the Challenge of Change, Editorial. Orthopaedic Nursing, March/April, 1999.

22. Just When You Thought You Knew it All, Editorial. Orthopaedic Nursing, May/June, 1999.

23. Keeping Them Safe, Editorial. Orthopaedic Nursing, July/August, 1999.

24. Building Strong Bones, Editorial. Orthopaedic Nursing, September/October, 1999.

25. Let Them Know Who We Are, Editorial. Orthopaedic Nursing, November/December, 1999.

26. Alternative Therapies: Hocus Pocus or In Between, Editorial. Orthopaedic Nursing, January/December, 2000.

Chapters:

1. Orthopaedic Emergencies. Nursing Interventions: The First Sixty Minutes. Aspen Publishers, 1986.

2. Spine Nursing, Chapter 1. The Textbook of Spinal Surgery. Eds. Bridwell, K. & Dewald, R.L. Philadelphia. J.B. Lippincott, 1991.

3. Spine, Chapter 17. Core Curriculum for Orthopaedic Nursing. Pitman, N.J. National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses, 1991.

4.
Disorders of the Spine, Chapter 16. Comprehensive Orthopaedic Nursing. Eds. Maher, Salmond & Pellino. W. B. Saunders, 1994.

5. Spine, Chapter 17. Core Curriculum for Orthopaedic Nursing. Pitman, N.J. National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses, 1996

6. Perioperative and Postoperative Care of the Spine Surgery Patient, Chapter 2. The Textbook of Spinal Surgery, 2nd. Edition. Eds. Bridwell, K. & Dewald, R.L. Philadelphia. J.B. Lippincott, 1997.

7. Disorders of the Spine, Chapter 17. Comprehensive Orthopaedic Nursing. Eds. Maher, Salmond & Pellino. W. B. Saunders, 1998.

8. Lumbar Spine, Chapter 6. Primary Orthopedic Care. Ed. Crowther. St. Louis. Mosby, Inc., 1999.

Audiotapes:

1. Degenerative Spine Conditions. Certification Review Series. Pitman, N.J. National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses, 1998.

Website:

1. Spinal Science Advancement Foundation. Patient information website on Spondylolisthesis.

 

Articles Written by Mary Rodts, DNP

Safety First: Prescription Medications and You

Safety first! Prevent dangerous problems with prescription medications.

Childhood Testing for Scoliosis

For some parents and children, it's a school nurse who first notices the scoliosis. Early diagnosis and treatment is the best way to prevent curve progression.

Surgery for Scoliosis

This article reviews the basics of spine surgery for scoliosis in children and adults.

Ergonomics: The Human Body and Injury Prevention

Ergonomics is concerned with how our environment interacts with our work. It also looks for ways to decrease the risks of injury and illness. Learn more in this article.

Ergonomic Standards

It doesn't matter whether you work in a factory, office, or at home; how you treat your body during work affects your spine. Article explains how to avoid back and neck pain.

Post-Operative Care: Activity, Incision Care, Rehab and Recovery

Each day following spine surgery the patient is encouraged to increase physical activity and to be as independent as possible.

What Is Post-operative Care?

Post-operative recovery starts in the post-anesthesia care unit (PACU). This unit is dedicated to meet your needs, thereby minimizing post-operative complications.

La columna vertebral normal

Una vista lateral de la column ilustra las regiones y las curvas naturales.

Su columna sana

Hoy en día muchos pacientes y sus familias desean comprender el trastorno médico que enfrentan.

Las vértebras brindan apoyo a la columna

La columna vertebral se compone de huesos individuales llamados vértebras, los cimientos que le proporcionan apoyo.

Espondiolistesis: lesión lumbar y tratamiento

Bienvenido a la sección Explicación de Espondiolistesis, diseñada para ayudarlo a saber más sobre la espondiolistesis y su tratamiento.

Surgical Wound Care: Questions and Answers

Read this article to get answers to the most common questions patients ask about spine surgical wound care.

Medical Errors: Prescriptions and Procedures

Proactive patients ask questions about their care including keeping track of medications to help prevent medical errors.

Medical Errors and How to Avoid Them

Patients have a role in preventing medical errors. There are a number of ways you can help prevent medical errors from happening.

Can Therapeutic Massage Help Relieve Back Pain?

Therapeutic massage is an alternative treatment for people with a variety of spine conditions. Learn how you can get back pain relief with massage. Here are 5 things to know about therapeutic massage.

Recent blog posts from Mary Rodts, DNP

October 26, 2010

Can Adults Develop Scoliosis?

Adolescent girls aren't the only people who have scoliosis. Adults can develop it, too. Adult scoliosis can actually cause significant back pain. But if you've tried non-surgical treatments and they don't work for you, should you have surgery?

June 16, 2008

Scoliosis Treatments: How Do Doctors Know if Your Spine's Curve Will Get Worse?

Even though two scoliosis patients are the same age and their curves are about the same, doctors may recommend different treatments. It depends on the skeletal maturity -- how much growth is left. Learn how doctors choose scoliosis treatments.

More from Dr. Rodts' blog "A Nurse's Perspective"

Articles Reviewed by Mary Rodts, DNP

Spinal Muscles: A Comprehensive Guide

Muscles are named according to their shape, location, or a combination. They are further categorized according function such as flexion, extension, or rotation.

Discharge Instructions for Lumbar Fusion Surgery

Collar care instructions for patients who have undergone lumbar fusions (anterior, posterior) . Printed with permission from Todd Albert, M.D. of the Rothman Institute at Thomas Jefferson University.

Symptoms of Scoliosis

Scoliosis symptoms in children and adults are similar. Article reviewed by a scoliosis expert and includes basic list of scoliosis signs to look for.

Causes of Scoliosis

Scoliosis causes: Read about what causes the different types of scoliosis, including adolescent idiopathic scoliosis and adult scoliosis.

Scoliosis Center

SpineUniverse's Scoliosis Center is full of accurate information on adolescent idiopathic scoliosis and adult scoliosis. Learn about treatments and surgery to correct spinal curves.

Vertebral Column

Get an expert-written spinal anatomy lesson on the vertebral column (your spine) by reading this article.

Spinal Blood Supply

The function of the vascular system is to nourish each cell in the body. This includes the vertebral column, spinal cord, neural elements, muscles, and other related structures.

Ligaments

Read this article to get a basic anatomy lesson about ligaments, which are fibrous bands or sheets of connective tissue linking 2 or more structures together.

Intervertebral Discs

The intervertebral discs are fibrocartilaginous cushions serving as the spine's shock absorbing system, which protect the vertebrae, brain, and other structures.

Ultrasound Warms Neck or Back Muscles for Active Physical Therapy

Ultrasound is a passive modality: a supplement to the primary treatment (e.g. exercise). Passive modalities typically are used to relax the patient, a distraction from pain, and/or to warm muscles for exercise.

Occupational Therapy: Questions and Answers

The purpose of Occupational Therapy (OT) is to help people increase their functional independence in daily life while preventing or minimizing disability. Often OT is combined with other treatments including Physical Therapy.

Biofeedback: Questions and Answers

During biofeedback treatment, the patient learns how to control involuntary functions such as heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, skin temperature, and muscle tension. Biofeedback can help a patient to affect a particular function specific to a problem through mental or physical exercises, such as relieving neck pain due to muscle tension.

Joint and Soft Tissue Mobilization

Mobilization is a hands-on manual therapy designed to restore joint movement, power, and range of motion.

Hot and Cold Therapies for Pain and Discomfort

Hot and cold therapies are the oldest forms of treatment to help reduce muscle inflammation, tenderness, and pain. Learn more in this article.

Immediately After Surgery

Post-operative nurses will attend to the patient's every need following surgery. This includes monitoring vital signs and providing pain management.

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