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Kristin Della Volpe
Medical Writer
Madison, NJ

About Kristin Della Volpe

Kristin Della Volpe, LMT, is a medical writer with more than 15 years of experience in medical journalism, continuing medical education, and project management. She has written for peer-reviewed journals and newspapers specializing in a variety of fields, including diabetes, gastroenterology, hospital pharmacy, neurology, oncology, pain management, primary care, and psychiatry. The best part of her job is interviewing leading medical experts about cutting-edge clinical studies.

She holds a bachelor's degree in English with a minor in journalism from The College of New Jersey.

Kristin is also a licensed massage therapist who is certified in prenatal massage and has worked in both the chiropractic and massage clinic setting. While earning her degree at the Swedish Institute–College of Health Sciences in New York, NY, she enhanced her knowledge of neurology, pathology, and anatomy, allowing for a greater understanding of chronic disease states. She lives in Madison, NJ, with her husband and two children.

Articles Written by Kristin Della Volpe

AST-OPC1 Stem Cell Therapy May Offer New Hope for Spinal Cord Injury

An investigational treatment called AST-OPC1 (oligodendrocyte progenitor cells) may give new hope to people with a recent spinal cord injury.

Two-level Cervical Total Disc Replacement with Mobi-C® Shows Superior Efficacy to ACDF at 7 Years

Total disc replacement with the Mobi-C Cervical Disc demonstrated superior overall success compared to anterior cervical discectomy and fusion through 7 years in a prospective randomized study.

Seven-Year cTDR Outcomes with Mobi-C® Shows Superior Efficacy to ACDF

7-year clinical results of cervical total disc replacement compared with anterior discectomy and fusion for treatment of two-level symptomatic degenerative disc disease.

Spinal Cancer: What You Should Know

SpineUniverse spoke with Ali A. Baaj, MD, who answers questions about spinal cancer; what it is, who is at risk, and how spinal cancer is diagnosed and treated.

Can a Poor Diet Cause Back Pain?

Can a diet high in sugar and processed fat cause back pain?

Steps to Prevent Complications Following Spinal Cord Injury

New research highlights ways to avoid complications following a spinal cord injury, as well information on recovery expectations.

Women Are More Susceptible to Traumatic Lumbar Spine Injury Than Men

Gender differences in traumatic spine injuries include a higher rate of cervical spine fractures in men and a higher rate of thoracolumbar fractures in women.

Paradigm Shift to Outpatient Spine Surgery Centers

Among the many changes ushered in by the Affordable Care Act is a focus on patient outcomes and the economics of health care in addition to clinical outcomes. Ambulatory surgery centers have evolved as one method to achieve these goals.

Lumbar Decompression Is Safe and Effective for Grade 1 Spondylolisthesis, Study Shows

Lumbar decompression is safe and effective for grade 1 spondylolisthesis-related spinal stenosis in patients with relative pre-operative stability, according to a retrospective review of prospectively collect data from a single center.

Cervical Excitatory Neurons Rescue Breathing After Spinal Cord Injury

Researchers discovered a novel neuronal circuit involving cervical excitatory interneurons that, when activated, rescue breathing after severe spinal cord injury.

Pre-Operative Planning Reduces Complication Risk in Adult Spinal Deformity Surgery

Approximately 70% of patients undergoing adult spinal deformity surgery will develop perioperative or related complications. What is the best way to assess frailty in patients undergoing spine surgery?

Preemptive Multimodal Analgesia Regimens Control Pain Following Spine Surgery

Emerging evidence also supports preemptive multimodal analgesia in controlling pain following spine surgery.

Which Patients Undergo Pre-Surgical Psychological Evaluation Before Spine Surgery?

How pre-surgical psychological evaluation may improve spine surgeons’ understanding of patients prior to intervention, allowing for better individualization of treatment based on both physiologic/biomechanical and psychosocial aspects of surgery.

Reimagining Spine Surgery Through Awake Spinal Fusion

NASS 2018 presentation on awake spinal fusions using spinal anesthesia in the outpatient setting, which led to improved outcomes and enhanced recovery time compared with performing these procedures under general anesthesia.

Marked Rise in Lumbar Fusion Rates Found in Past Decade

The rate of lumbar fusion performed in the United States increased by 32% between 2004 and 2015, with the largest increase found among patients aged 65 years and older.

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