News and Research for Spine Professionals

Prevention and Management of Spine Injuries in Athletes

Safety of athletes who play contact sports requires an emergency action plan and emphasis on education about preventing and managing spinal cord injuries.

Managing Neurological Complications in Pediatric Spinal Deformity Surgery

Improving neurological outcomes in spinal deformity surgery include risk severity stratification, experience, intraoperative monitoring, and uniform response to neuromonitoring alerts.

Cervical Disc Arthroplasty Found More Cost-Effective Than Anterior Cervical Discectomy for Disc Herniation

CDR appears to be more cost-effective than ACDF, according to findings presented at the AAOS 2018 Annual Meeting.

High Fat, High Sugar Diet Linked to Increased Fracture Risk

Vertebral fracture risk increased by chronic consumption of diet high in advanced glycation end-products (AGEs).

Radiation-Free Surface Topography Is Highly Correlated With X-Ray Outcomes and Self-Image in Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis

Study explores scoliotic body shape distortions that are not depicted by x-rays routinely used to assess spinal curvature and improvements with corrective surgery.

Can a Diet High in Processed Fat and Sugar Cause Disc Degeneration?

The role of advanced glycation endproducts (AGEs) and type 2 diabetes in the development of degenerative disc disease is the topic of this study.

Factors May Predict Disc Degeneration Following Spinal Fusion for Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis

Lumbar disc degeneration following spinal fusion in the treatment of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis tends to occur in patients with greater L4 tilt angle and fewer mobile segments in the lower spine, according to a retrospective study.

Challenges of Spine Surgery in Patients With Osteoporosis

Management of spine surgery in patients with osteoporosis poses many challenges, given the additional complexity that poor-quality bone introduces to the surgical management.

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.

Single-Level Instrumented Lumbar Interbody Fusion: The Impact of ASCs on Evidence-Based Medicine

Evidence-based medicine is the emerging trend in health care reform focused on making health care safer, less complicated, and more cost-effective.

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.

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...

Criteria for Fusion After Spinal Cord Tumor Surgery Described in Review Article

A recent literature review identified seven criteria for instrumented fusion after spinal cord tumor resection in adults. Overall, 8% of adults with spinal cord tumor surgery required fusion.

Opioid Prescribing: The Hospitalist Perspective, A Qualitative Analysis

A study published recently in the Journal of Hospital Medicine reveals some surprising factors that influence hospitalists' attitudes toward opioid prescribing during hospitalization and at discharge.
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