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Susan Spinasanta
Managing Medical Editor, Content Development
SpineUniverse
Cape Coral, FL

About Susan Spinasanta

Susan has 25 years of experience in medical editing and writing.  She is accomplished and knowledgeable in many areas of medicine, fundamental science and technology.

Many of Susan's projects involve collaborating with experts—such as professionals in specific areas of medicine and/or key opinion leaders involved in improving patient lives. A published author of hundreds of patient and consumer materials, the majority of her work benefits medical professionals. Susan develops content for physician websites, medical education programs, video presentations, case studies, online resource centers, guidelines for patient care, and other content based projects.

Susan is a member of the North American Spine Society, American Medical Writers Association (AMWA) and Association of Health Care Journalists. In addition to these and other educational opportunities, she attends society meetings for medical professionals to broaden her knowledge of current healthcare standards and advances in patient care.

Articles Written by Susan Spinasanta

iFuse System For Sacroiliac Joint Pain Shows High Success Rate and Patient Satisfaction

The iFuse system showed a high rate of patient satisfaction and was linked to reduced need for opioid medications.

A Vacation from Back Pain

Summer is the season to burn some vacation time and hit the road. The longer days and warmer weather may make it easier to get away, but summer travel includes cramped flights and seemingly-endless road trips. And that can take a toll on your back.

8 Spine Technology and News Highlights July 2018

SpineUniverse highlights a blend of eight news briefs covering technology, clinical research, corporate updates, spine devices, surgical opinion, and more from July 2018.

Spine Muscles in Pain? Myofascial Pain Syndrome May Be to Blame

Myofascial pain syndrome is back or neck pain caused by tight or twitching muscle and fascia trigger points. Many treatment options, including trigger point injections, can help manage spine pain.

Spine Technology News Highlights June 2018

Spine technology news highlights for June 18 include a novel investigational PEEK-on-ceramic cervical artificial disc, registration deadline and information about academic pain medicine programs and the NASS spine registry.

Pregnancy, Back Pain and Sciatica

Back pain and sciatica during pregnancy: what can you do about it? Advice from SpineUniverse on preventing and treating sciatica when you're pregnant.

Causes of Degenerative Disc Disease

Degenerative disc disease is a progressive age-related disorder that can cause a disc to bulge or herniate, and contributes to development of spinal stenosis.

Ossification Shape May Predict Outcomes of Laminoplasty in the Treatment of Cervical Myelopathy

Read on to learn about an important predictor of poor surgical outcomes following laminoplasty.

Causes of Failed Back Surgery Are Multifactorial

"How can surgeons reduce the risk for failed back surgery syndrome?" is the question Dr. Ralph Rashbaum answers.

Is Sciatica a Symptom or a Spinal Disorder?

Sciatica is a symptom of sciatic nerve compression often caused by a bulging or herniated disc in the low back. Leg pain is the hallmark of a sciatic nerve disorder.

Retrolisthesis Differs From Spondylolisthesis

Retrolisthesis is a posterior or backward slippage of a vertebral body in the spinal column. It is the opposite of spondylolisthesis, or anterolisthesis, that is an anterior or forward slip.

Use of Biologics in Spine Surgery

Learn about the advances in biologic materials in spine surgery. Jeffrey C. Wang, MD, a practicing spine surgeon answers SpineUniverse.com's questions.

BMPs and Biologic Materials in Spine Surgery

There has been a great deal of controversy regarding the use of BMP in spine surgery. A practicing spine surgeon and leader in the field of biologic materials, answers our questions in the insightful interview.

What Is Failed Back Surgery Syndrome (FBSS)?

In order to be classified as failed back surgery syndrome, there has to be a correlation between the surgical event and the failure to improve as a direct result of the surgery.

Back Pain Questions About Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Answered

SpineUniverse spoke with Douglas Won, MD, a minimally invasive spine surgeon. Here Dr. Won answers our questions that many patients ask.

Financial Disclosures

SpineUniverse, a Vertical Health, LLC website, is committed to ensuring that the medical information it presents is accurate, balanced, objective, and trustworthy. 

To help achieve this goal, SpineUniverse requires all authors, editors, and reviewers to disclose any financial relationships or affiliations they have with companies whose products or services may be mentioned in the content they author, edit, or review.

The intent of this policy is to identify any perceived, potential, or real conflicts of interest so that readers can make their own judgments about the value of information being presented.

Author's Statement

I, the undersigned, declare that neither I nor members of my immediate family have a financial interests or affiliation with commercial companies whose products and / or services may be mentioned in the materials I have authored, edited or reviewed for presentation on Vertical Health, LLC’s websites.
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