News and Research for Spine Professionals

6 Spine Technology Highlights

During NASS 2017, SpineUniverse met with many industry leaders and randomly chose 6 to highlight in this snapshot.

Delays in Diagnosis of Vertebral Fractures Are Common in Patients With Spinal Ankylosing Disorders

Should you assume vertebral fracture in patients with spinal ankylosing disorders who present with pain following a fall?

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...

Are Creating Job Descriptions Worth the Time and Effort?

A well-written job description serves a multitude of purposes and the better it’s written, the more useful it can be to define the roles of employees in your practice.

Acupuncture for Pediatric Back Pain

Study results show acupuncture could be a viable nonpharmacological option to improve back pain in pediatric patients.

ActivL Total Disc Replacement Device Found Noninferior to Conventional Devices

The activL total disc replacement device demonstrated noninferiority in overall trial success compared to conventional TDR devices in a prospective, multicenter, randomized, investigational device exemption trial.

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.

Nonopioids for Chronic Pain Management

William Sullivan, MD, discussed nonopioid medication choices for the treatment of moderate to severe chronic pain, many options are those used to manage acute pain but with a couple of additions.

Nonopioid Multimodal Analgesia for Pre- and Post-Operative Spine Surgery

Multimodal analgesia, including use of nonopioid analgesia has emerged as a way to improve pain control following spine surgery and help limit the risk of opioid use.

Nonopioid Medications and Acute Low Back Pain

During NASS 2017, Jerome Schofferman, MD, presented alternatives to opioids, which have shown little evidence for efficacy in acute low back pain or pose a high risk for adverse events.

How Can Spine Surgeons Protect Themselves in the Anti-Opioid Climate?

Mitchell F. Reiter, MD, discussed the current anti-opioid climate and its impact on spine care experts in the opening session to “The Opioid Predicament: Implications for Spine Physicians and Surgeons” during NASS 2017.

Opioid Focus: Federal Crisis Response, Education Versus Regulations and Legislation

The complexity of the opioid overdose problem is multifaceted and includes a poorly understood population, lack of provider education and an inordinate focus on pills and not the patient.

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.

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.

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.
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