The family of healthy girl with progressive scoliosis, with a great deal of concern about spinal fusion (eg, flexibility, function) sought consultation to discuss surgical correction. Their child is an avid lacrosse and basketball player and enjoys horseback riding.
An elderly male who suffered C7 and T1 fractures status post a motor vehicle accident, presented to our clinic 2 months after the initial injury with worsening neck deformity and new right hand weakness and numbness.
A 72-year-old woman presents with low back pain and leg pain. Ten years ago, she underwent L4-S1 posterior decompression with instrumentation and fusion. Presently, her back pain is in the mid-lumbar region and is exacerbated with activity and improves when supine.
A 14-year-old healthy, high-level gymnast who presented with 1-year history of insidious low back pain, with recent (past few months) onset of pain and tingling down her left leg to the dorsum of the left foot.
Terrence L Piper, MD and Christoper R Hemmer, DNP, ANP
A pleasant 37-year-old female presents with severe midline thoracolumbar pain at and just below her bra line. The pain started about 12 months ago but has significantly worsened during the past 3 months making wearing a bra painful. She has no history of shingles or trauma.
Joshua M. Ammerman, MD, Joshua J. Wind, MD and Joseph Babrowicz, MD
A 68-year-old female presents with standing intolerance, neurogenic claudication and back pain. Her past medical history includes coronary artery disease, diabetes, hypertension, hypothyroidism, and atrial fibrillation.
A 53-year-old man presented to the emergency room with a chief complaint of progressive weakness over the past few months, with inability to control his lower extremities. A few months previous, he fell in a bathtub and lost consciousness.
Rates of surgery to correct multilevel spinal curvature in adults ages 60 and older increased by 108% between 2004 and 2011, exceeding the expected growth given the aging population. Howard An, MD provides commentary.
Seventy-five percent of the study participants were current or former smokers, diabetic, overweight, obese or extremely obese and considered to be at high risk for bone growth failure. Continue reading to learn about the findings.