News and Research for Spine Professionals

Geographic Variations in Outcomes of Decompression Surgery for Degenerative Cervical Myelopathy

New findings show regional differences in demographics, causation, and surgical approaches for patients with degenerative cervical myelopathy, but similar efficacy worldwide.

The Future of Scientific Publications: The Effects of Open Access, Social Media, and Altmetrics

A panel of editors from leading spine journals convened to discuss the movement toward open access articles, new digital technologies, and if impact factor is an accurate measure for scientific journals.

Low Risk of Adjacent Segment Degeneration Found Following Lumbar Total Disc Replacement

“These findings finally verify the holy grail for those of us who have dedicated decades to disc replacement. We now have substantiated proof that this is correct,” stated Richard D. Guyer, MD.

Chêneau Brace Prevents Curve Progression and Improves Sagittal Parameters in Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis

Long-term use of the Chêneau brace in the treatment of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis may be associated with significant improvements in kyphosis, lordosis, and pelvic tilt in addition to preventing curve progression in the coronal plane.

Metastatic Epidural Spinal Cord Compression and Decompression Surgery Multicenter Study Results

Symptomatic metastatic epidural spinal cord compression (MESCC) is among the most debilitating complications of metastatic spine cancer.

Early Physical Therapy for Low Back Pain Shows Modest Benefits

Low back pain is common among many Americans, and even as health care spending increases, so does the prevalence of poor outcomes associated with it.

Volume-Outcome Benchmarks in Lumbar Spine Surgery

Volume-based benchmarks study for common lumbar spine surgeries received “The Spine Journal” Outstanding Paper: Value in Spine Care awarded at the North American Spine Society 2017 Annual Meeting.

Casting for Treatment of Early-Onset Scoliosis—Practice Pearls

Key points from the Scoliosis Research Society’s webinar on casting in treatment of early-onset scoliosis features commentary by faculty members.

How to Give Advice on Management of Low Back Pain

How do clinical trials that test advice for acute low back pain compare with practice guidelines in terms of content, method of delivery, and treatment regimens?

Volume Benchmarks for Common Lumbar Spine Surgeries Defined in Recent Study

Volume benchmarks for common lumbar spine surgeries were defined in a retrospective review published online ahead of print in The Spine Journal.

Advice to Stay Active Markedly Increases Activity Level in Patients with Acute Severe Low Back Pain

All patients underwent extensive physical examination, X-ray, and magnetic resonance imaging to rule out disc herniation or spinal stenosis requiring surgery.

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.

Synthetic Ceramic Bone Graft Substitutes

Brian Kwon, MD discussed what makes a synthetic bone graft substitute ideal during the North American Spine Foundation's biologics in spine care course.

Recombinant Bone Morphogenetic Protein Linked to Reduce Risk of Reoperation Following Spine Fusion for Adult Scoliosis

It is incumbent upon surgeons and researchers to provide clinical data for use of BMP in fusion surgery not only from large administrative databases, but also from single center studies.

3D Printing With Synthetic Scaffolds

Researchers in China have used the concept of 3D printing for biomedical purposes, specifically fabrication of an artificial vertebral body.
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