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Christopher R. Good, MD
Spine Surgeon
Virginia Spine Institute
Reston, VA

About Christopher R. Good, MD

Dr. Christopher Good has clinical interest in all types of cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine care, including acute problems (athletic injuries, herniated discs, radiculopathy) and degenerative conditions (stenosis, degenerative disc disease, revision surgery).

He has extensive training and experience in the treatment of complex spinal disorders with special expertise in non-operative and surgical treatment of adult and pediatric spinal deformities, including scoliosis, kyphosis, flatback, and spondylolisthesis. In addition to the latest techniques in spinal reconstruction, Dr. Good is also trained in minimally-invasive and motion-preserving surgery.

Dr. Good has co-authored numerous articles and has been invited to lecture nationally and internationally at the Scoliosis Research Society, the International Meeting on Advanced Spinal Techniques, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and the North American Spine Society. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons the Scoliosis Research Society and the North American Spine Society.

His current research interests include clinical outcomes studies in scoliosis and other spine deformities in pediatric and adult patients and the long term assessment of complex post-surgical spinal surgery patients, with emphasis on complication avoidance and management.

Dr. Good serves as a volunteer surgeon for the Foundation of Orthopaedics and Complex Spine, an organization dedicated to providing spine care to the underserved. His role has taken him to Ghana to provide surgical and non-surgical care.

Publications

Publications
1. Good C, O'keefe RJ, Puzas JE, Schwarz, EM, Rosier R. "Immunohistochemical Study of Receptor Activator of Nuclear Factor Kappa B Ligand (RANK-L) in Human Osteolytic Bone Tumors." Journal of Surgical Oncology, Vol 79(3), pp 174-179, March 2002.

2. Good C, MacGillivray J. "Traumatic Shoulder Dislocation in the Adolescent Athlete: Advances in Surgical Treatment." Current Opinion in Pediatrics, Vol 17(1), pp 25-29, Feb 2005.

3. Nho S, Yadav H, Pensak M, Dodson C, Good C, MacGillivray J. "Biomechanical Fixation in Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair." Arthroscopy, Vol 23(1), pp 94-102, Jan 2007.

4. Good C, Green D, Griffith M, Widmann R, Rodeo S. "Arthroscopic Treatment of Symptomatic Discoid Meniscus in Children: Classification, Technique and Results." Arthroscopy, Vol 23(2), pp 157-163, Feb 2007.

5. Good C, Shindle M, Kelly B, Wanich T, Warren R. "Glenohumeral Chondrolysis After Shoulder Arthroscopy with Thermal Capsulorrhaphy." Arthroscopy, Vol 23(7), pp 797.e1- 797.e5, July 2007.

6. Good C, Griffith M, Shindle M, Wanich T, Warren R. "The Effect of Radiofrequency Energy on Glenohumeral Fluid Temperature During Shoulder Arthroscopy." JBJS: 91, pp 429-34, Feb 2009.

7. Good C, Tyler W. "Spine Surgery." in Sculco TP, Lim M, Ranawat AS, Pearle A. The Hospital for Special Surgery Guide to Orthopedic Surgery (In Press - Lippincott).

8. Good CR, Bridwell KH, O'Leary PT, Pichelmann M, Lenke LG, Riew KD, Luhmann SJ, Kuklo T, Buchowski JM, Flynn J. "Major Perioperative Neurologic Deficits in Pediatric and Adult Spine Surgery Patients: Incidence, etiology and outcomes over a fourteen year period at one institution." JBJS: Submitted.

9. Good CR, Lenke LG, O'Leary PT, Pichelmann M, Keeler KA, Bridwell KH, Baldus C, Koester L. "Can Posterior Only Surgery Replace Combined Anterior (Thoracotomy/Thoracoabdominal)/Posterior Approaches for Adult Scoliosis?" Spine: Submitted.

10. O'Leary PT, Bridwell KH, Good CR, Lenke LG, Buchowski JM, Kim YJ, Flynn J. "Risk Factors and Outcomes for Catastrophic Failures at the Top of Long Pedicle Screw Constructs (FPSC): A matched cohort analysis performed at a single center." Spine: Submitted.

11. Buchowski JM, Good CR, Lenke LG, Bridwell KH. "Epidural Spinal Cord Compression with Neurologic Deficit Associated with Intrapedicular Application of FloSeal During Pedicle Screw Insertion." Spine: Submitted.

Podium Presentations
1. Differential Gene Expression of Fracture Callus in Response to Mechanical Loading
Good C, Wanich T, Gardner M, Carson J, Zelken J, Hernandez A, Bostrom M
Eastern Orthopaedic Association Annual Meeting, Boca Raton, FL, October 2006.

2. Intraoperative Dislocation of a Trial Femoral Head into the Pelvis During Total Hip Arthroplasty
Good C, Buly R
Third Annual Joint Arthroplasty Young Investigators' Conference, San Diego, CA, February 2007.

3. The Effect of Radiofrequency Energy on Glenohumeral Fluid Temperature during Shoulder Arthroscopy
Good C, Griffith M, Shindle M, Wanich T, Warren R
Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation New York Metropolitan Area Resident Research Competition and Symposium, New York, NY, May 2007.

4. The Effect of Radiofrequency Energy on Glenohumeral Fluid Temperature during Shoulder Arthroscopy
Good C, Griffith M, Shindle M, Wanich T, Warren R
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, San Francisco, CA, March 2008.

5. Epidural Spinal Cord Compression with Neurologic Deficit Associated with Intrapedicular Application of FloSeal During Pedicle Screw Insertion
Buchowski JM, Good CR, Lenke LG, Bridwell KH
International Meeting on Advanced Spinal Techniques, Hong Kong, China, July 2008.

6. TLIF as an Alternative to Formal Anterior Interbody Fusion at the Caudal End of Long Spinal Deformity Constructs: Does it work?
O'Leary PT, Lenke LG, Good CR, Pichelmann M, Keeler KA, Bridwell KH, Sides BA
International Meeting on Advanced Spinal Techniques, Hong Kong, China, July 2008.

7. Safety and Efficacy of Bone Morphogenetic Protein (rhBMP-2) in Complex Pediatric Spinal Deformity at a Minimum Two Year Follow-Up
Mulconrey DS, Keeler KA, Lenke LG, Bridwell KH, Good CR, O'Leary PT, Pichelmann M, Sides BA
International Meeting on Advanced Spinal Techniques, Hong Kong, China, July 2008.

8. Major Perioperative Neurologic Deficits in Pediatric and Adult Spine Surgery Patients: Incidence, etiology and outcomes over a fourteen year period at one institution
Good CR, Bridwell KH, O'Leary PT, Pichelmann M, Lenke LG, Riew KD, Luhmann SJ, Kuklo T, Buchowski JM, Flynn J
Scoliosis Research Society, Salt Lake City, UT, September 2008.

9. Revision Rates following Primary Adult Spinal Deformity Surgery: 667 consecutive patients followed up to 21 years postoperatively
Pichelmann M, Lenke LG, Good CR, O'Leary PT, Bridwell KH, Sides BA
Scoliosis Research Society, Salt Lake City, UT, September 2008.

10. Risk Factors and Outcomes for Catastrophic Failures at the Top of Long Pedicle Screw Constructs (FPSC): A matched cohort analysis performed at a single center
O'Leary PT, Bridwell KH, Good CR, Lenke LG, Buchowski JM, Kim YJ, Flynn J
Scoliosis Research Society, Salt Lake City, UT, September 2008.

11. Can Posterior Only Surgery Replace Combined Anterior (Thoracotomy/Thoracoabdominal)/Posterior Approaches for Adult Scoliosis?
Good CR, Lenke LG, O'Leary PT, Pichelmann M, Keeler KA, Bridwell KH, Baldus C, Koester L
Scoliosis Research Society, Salt Lake City, UT, September 2008.

12. Spinal Fusion for Spastic Neuromuscular Scoliosis (NMS): Is anterior releasing necessary when intraoperative halo-femoral traction is used?
Keeler KA, Luhmann SJ, Lenke LG, Good CR, Sides BA, Shootman M, Bridwell KH
Scoliosis Research Society, Salt Lake City, UT, September 2008.

13. Revision Rates following Primary Adult Spinal Deformity Surgery: 667 consecutive patients followed up to 21 years postoperatively
Pichelmann M, Lenke LG, Good CR, O'Leary PT, Bridwell KH, Sides BA
North American Spine Society, Toronto, Canada, October 2008.

14. Major Perioperative Neurologic Deficits in Pediatric and Adult Spine Surgery Patients: Incidence, etiology and outcomes over a fourteen year period at one institution
Good CR, Bridwell KH, O'Leary PT, Pichelmann M, Lenke LG, Riew KD, Luhmann SJ, Kuklo T, Buchowski JM, Flynn J
North American Spine Society, Toronto, Canada, October 2008.

15. Risk Factors and Outcomes for Catastrophic Failures at the Top of Long Pedicle Screw Constructs (FPSC): A matched cohort analysis performed at a single center
O'Leary PT, Bridwell KH, Good CR, Lenke LG, Buchowski JM, Kim YJ, Flynn J
North American Spine Society, Toronto, Canada, October 2008.

16. Standing Tall, Neck and Back Pain: You Are NOT Alone
Good CR. Reston Hospital Center Community Outreach Series, Reston, VA, November 2008.

17. Post-operative care for Adult and Pediatric Spinal Deformity Surgery Patients
Good CR. Reston Hospital Center Nursing Grand Rounds, Reston, VA, January 2009.

18. Revision Rates following Primary Adult Spinal Deformity Surgery: 667 consecutive patients followed up to 21 years postoperatively
Pichelmann M, Lenke LG, Good CR, O'Leary PT, Bridwell KH, Sides BA
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Las Vegas, NV, February 2009.

19. Can Posterior Only Surgery Replace Combined Anterior (Thoracotomy/Thoracoabdominal)/Posterior Approaches for Adult Scoliosis?
Good CR, Lenke LG, O'Leary PT, Pichelmann M, Keeler KA, Bridwell KH, Baldus C, Koester L
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Las Vegas, NV, February 2009.

20. Intra-operative care for Adult and Pediatric Spinal Deformity Surgery Patients
Good, CR. Reston Hospital Center Department of Anesthesia Grand Rounds, Reston, VA, February 2009.

21. Advancements in Spinal Health Care
Good CR. Spinal Research Foundation Community Outreach Series, Reston, VA, February 2009.

22. What's New in Adolescent Spine Care?
Good CR. Northern Virginia Pediatric Society, McLean, VA, March 2009

Recent blog posts from Christopher R. Good, MD

April 28, 2011

Can Radiofrequency Rhizotomy Reduce Neck and Back Pain?

"I've had chronic back and neck pain for some time. I've been diagnosed with degenerative disc disease, a bulging disc, and bone spurs in my neck. My doctor now wants to try a nerve block for my lower back. Is this temporary? Do the nerves grow back?"

April 28, 2011

Can the Onset of Degenerative Spine Conditions Be Acute?

For many people who have lumbar spinal stenosis and spondylolisthesis, the cause is degeneration. Symptoms of degeneration and pressure on the nerves in the low back can occur very slowly—sometimes over years and decades.

April 28, 2011

Surgery for Herniated Discs and Sciatica

Herniated discs can cause sciatica, which can lead you to try a variety of pain relief techniques. But what happens when non-surgical treatment options don’t work? Find out if you need surgery as well as how long is too long to wait to have surgery.

More from Dr. Good's blog "Guide to Spine Surgery"

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