News and Research for Spine Professionals

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.

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.

Transpoas Approach to Lumbar Corpectomy Shows High Rate of Patient Satisfaction and Functional Outcomes

Patients with unstable burst fractures treated with anterior lumbar corpectomy and cage placement using a transpsoas approach and short-segment posterior instrumentation showed high rates of satisfaction with outcomes.

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.

Smoking Linked to Greater Blood Loss and Need for Transfusions in Spinal Surgery

Smoking is significantly associated with increased surgical blood loss and perioperative transfusions among patients undergoing lumbar spine surgery, according to a retrospective study,

Mesenchymal Stem Cell Allograft and ACDF Study Outcomes

Patients who received mesenchymal stem cell allografts during anterior cervical discectomy and fusion had lower fusion rates compared with a matched cohort of patients who received standard allografts.
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