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Yoga May Improve Functioning in Patients With Chronic Nonspecific Low Back Pain

Yoga may improve back-related function in patients with chronic nonspecific low back pain, according to a review of 12 randomized controlled studies.

Patients Markedly Underestimate Radiation Exposure From Spinal Imaging

The radiation dose of computed tomography (CT) scans, and more than three-fourths of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) was substantially underestimated by patients.

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.

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...

Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis Study, Skeletal Maturity and Surgical Considerations

An evaluation of differences in operative data and outcomes between patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis vs those with adult idiopathic scoliosis.

Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis, Skeletal Maturity, Surgery—Study Statistical Analysis

The statistical analysis related to Surgery for Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis Patients After Skeletal Maturity: Now or Later? presented during the annual meeting of the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons is featured.

Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis, Skeletal Maturity, Surgery—Discussion, Conclusion

Surgical correction of the skeletally mature adolescent often evokes fear among family members to the possibility of complications.

Measures May Prevent Common Complications of Spinal Cord Injury

Researchers highlighted early measures that may prevent acute complications of spinal cord injury.

Risk Stratification Approach to Spinal Surgical Management

Risk stratification is important in empowering informed choice regarding surgery, and in determining the appropriateness of surgical management in spinal deformity.

Predictive Models in Risk Stratification Approach to Spinal Surgical Management

This article is a continuation of "Risk Stratification Approach to Spinal Surgical Management" presented by Sigurd H. Berven, MD.

Multimodal Pain Management Approaches in Neurosurgery

Neuromodulators and preemptive analgesia were presented by Sharad Rajpal, MD, during Spine Summit, the 33rd Annual Meeting of the Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves.

Can Opioids Still Be Prescribed Effectively and Safely in the Era of Federal Scrutiny?

A summary of "Opioid Use in an Era of Federal Scrutiny," presented by Carl W. Stopper, APN-C, during Spine Summit 2017.

Research Shows BMP Use in Pediatric Fusion Does Not Improve Revision Rates

First study to provide 10-year utilization and outcome data for rhBMP use in pediatric patients who underwent spinal arthrodesis. Jeffrey Wang, MD provides insightful commentary.

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.

Epidural Steroid Injection Before Spine Surgery Linked to Postoperative Infection

The timing of lumbar epidural steroid injection (LESI) treatment before spinal fusion surgery may be an important risk factor for postoperative infection.
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