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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

Spine Biomechanics Laboratory May Help Select the Best Treatments for Spine Disorders

The Spinal Biomechanics Laboratory is helping patients understand exactly how spine conditions affect their movements and muscle activity, and quantifies how much improvement they have made following spine surgery and other treatments.

Spine Biomechanics Laboratory Quantitates Functional Outcomes After Spine Surgery

The Spinal Biomechanics Laboratory is the first spine-related human movement biomechanics lab to be incorporated within a private practice spine center in the United States.

Marked Variability in Diagnostic Interpretation of Lumbar Spine MRI Found

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of a single patient’s lumbar spine at 10 different MRI centers showed marked variability in reported interpretive findings and a high prevalence of interpretive errors.

Predictors of Success With the iFuse Implant System Confirmed in Pooled Analysis

This pooled analysis marks publication of the 50th peer-reviewed study of the iFuse implant system, and confirms that minimally invasive SI joint fusion with iFuse significantly improves outcomes.

NICE Guidance Supports Use of Minimally Invasive SI Joint Fusion for Chronic Sacroiliac Pain

The guidance is based on a review of effectiveness and safety data from clinical trials of minimally invasive SI joint fusion, and the only product used in the evaluation with an FDA clearance for SI joint fusion was iFuse.

Surgery for Adult Spinal Deformity Improves Gait Patterns, but Limitations Remain

Surgical correction of adult spinal deformity was linked to improvements in gait patterns, but patients still show...

Bracing Plus Exercise to Promote Bone Mineral Growth Is Key to Managing Scoliosis in Adolescents

While brace treatment has been shown to slow down curve progression in adolescents with idiopathic scoliosis, physical activity—particularly in the form of weight-bearing activities—should also be prescribed to prevent bone mineral loss and promote bone mineral gain.

Interspinous Spacer Relieves Painful Symptoms of Lumbar Spinal Stenosis Study Shows

The FDA-approved Superion interspinous spacer provided similar relief from symptoms of neurogenic claudication when compared to historical data from studies of decompressive laminectomy in the treatment of lumbar spinal stenosis.

Adjacent Level Disease: Can Cervical Arthroplasty Decrease the Risk?

At 7 years, patients treated with a single-level anterior cervical discectomy and fusion have three times the risk of needing surgery for adjacent segment disease compared to patients treated with total disc replacement.

At What Surgical Cost Does Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion Become Less Cost-Effective Than Posterolateral Fusion for Spondylolisthesis?

Study outcomes in JNS Spine suggest the cost of TLIF per QALYs vs PSF in the treatment of spondylolisthesis depends on factors, including the accuracy of cost assumptions.

Satisfaction With Pain After Spine Surgery: What Residual Pain Level Do Spine Surgery Patients Find Acceptable?

“Studies in days gone by used pain scales only, but for various reasons over the years a more complex assessment of health-related quality of life has become popular”.

Cervical Total Disc Replacement With Mobi-C Is a Safe and Effective Alternative to Cervical Fusion, Long-Term Study Shows

“It is important for surgeons, non-surgeons, and patients to know that there is an alternative to cervical fusion with results that are at least as good and with lower rates of degeneration...

Triclosan-Coated Sutures May Reduce the Risk of Surgical Site Infection After Spinal Surgery

Use of triclosan-coated sutures instead of non-coated sutures was associated with a significantly lower incidence of surgical site infections in patients undergoing spinal surgery.

NASS Releases Coverage Policy Recommendations on Intrathecal Drug Delivery Systems

The North American Spine Society released coverage policy recommendations on spinal intrathecal drug delivery systems for the treatment of nonmalignant pain and spasticity.

Elderly Show Marked Increase in Rate of Surgery for Multilevel Spinal Curvature

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.

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