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Susan Spinasanta
Managing Medical Editor
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

The Role of Neuromodulation in Complex Pain Conditions

Important studies on neuromodulation used in patients with chronic pain, including spine conditions, if SCS has an impact on the opioid crisis, and why more spine surgeons should consider SCS as part of treatment pathways.

Carving Out Time to Prevent Physician Burnout: Q&A with Todd Albert, MD

The physician / spine surgeon burnout prevention presentation during NASS 2019 led to interesting audience questions answered by Todd Albert, MD.

Preventing Spine Surgeon Burnout and Suicide

Spine surgeon Todd Albert, MD, focused on physician burnout, increased risk for suicide and emphasized the need to destigmatize burnout to allow more physicians to talk about the issue and seek help.

What Is the Rate of Lumbar Fusion Following Single-Level Discectomy?

The analysis was based on data from more than 13,500 patients who underwent discectomy between January 2007 and September 2014.

Do Spinal Injections in the Treatment of Degenerative Disc Disease offer Value?

The 2015 Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Assessment, although highly rigorous, may not be truly reflective of the entire evidence base regarding injections.

Minimally Invasive Posterior or Transarticular Approach to Sacroiliac Joint Fusion?

Up to 20% of low back pain can be caused by one or both sacroiliac (SI) joints. Diagnosis of the SI joint as the pain generator can be challenging and requires...

Coflex Device Shows ‘Similar or Superior’ Efficacy to Fusion When Used With Decompression in 5-Year Study of Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

Decompression plus interlaminar stabilization with coflex® (Paradigm Spine, LLC) produced similar outcomes to decompression plus fusion with pedicle screws in the treatment of lumbar spinal stenosis.

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.

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.

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.

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.

9 Spine Technology and News Highlights August 2018

SpineUniverse highlights a blend of 9 news briefs covering spine industry corporate news, clinical research, 3D-printing advances and devices, and technical updates from August 2018.

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 compression disorder.

Robotic Guidance System for Cervical and Thoracolumbar Spinal Surgery

Study focused on predictive accuracy of surgical planning using a robotic guidance system in the placement of pedicle screws in cervical spine or thoracolumbar spine surgery.

Ultrasonography is Ultrasound Imaging Used to Help Diagnose Spinal Disorders

Ultrasonography, also called sonography or medical ultrasound, is a diagnostic test performed to help diagnosis the cause of neck or back pain and spine disorders.

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SpineUniverse, a Remedy Health Media, 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.

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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 Remedy Health Media, LLC’s websites.
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