News and Research for Spine Professionals

Novel Scoring System Predicts Complications Post Spinal Fusion

A novel simple-to-use scoring system that can postoperatively predict which patients are at a higher risk for major complications from spinal fusion was published in The Spine Journal.

Paradigm Shift in Adult Spinal Deformity

The severity of sagittal plane deformity drives pain, disability, and surgical outcomes. This is according to a new paper from the Scoliosis Research Society recently published in Spine Deformity.

Axial Spondyloarthritis: Are We Missing the Diagnosis?

Providers who treat back pain often lack a clear understanding of the presentation, diagnostic workup and treatment options for axial spondyloarthritis.

Researchers Develop Thoracolumbar AOSpine Injury Score

Researchers have developed a data-driven, easy to use Thoracolumbar AOSpine Injury Score that will be used to develop a surgical algorithm to accompany the AOSpine Thoracolumbar Injury Classification System.

Spine-Related Disability: Understanding the Global Burden of Disease Studies

Understanding the global burden of spine-related disability was the focus of a recent presentation by Nicola V. Hawkinson, DNP, RN, RNFA at the 2nd Annual Spine 10 x 25 Summit.

Keys to Understanding Spine-Related Disability

Robert Barth, PhD, discusses three sets of key references he believes critical to changing our understanding of spine-related disability.

Role of Workers’ Compensation Data in Spinal Disability

Technology Update: Keith Rosenblum spoke about the unique role workers’ compensation data may play stemming from the rising tide of spinal disability costs worldwide.

Infliximab Plus Naproxen Attains 70% Partial Remission in AS

Patients with Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) who were given infliximab and naproxen achieved a 70.5% partial remission rate in a post hoc analysis of the Infliximab as First Line Therapy in Patients with Early Active Axial Spondyloarthritis Trial.

Psychosocial Risk Factors for Extended Disability

Why do some people recover from an acute musculoskeletal injury, while others transition out of the acute injury phase in the opposite direction—toward chronic disability?

Innovative Biomarker Tool for Chronic Pain Assessment

The Neurophysiologic Pain Profile (NP3), combined with other standard technology and tools, provides unprecedented data that lets patients and physicians know what is necessary for each individual.

Abaloparatide Reduces Fracture Risk in Women with Osteoporosis

Daily injection of abaloparatide for 18 months significantly reduced the risk of new vertebral and nonvertebral fractures in postmenopausal women with osteoporosis at high risk of fracture.

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.

How Do Patients Choose a Spine Surgeon?

Many factors were evaluated and patients designated their preferences regarding six surgeon characteristics, including age, subspecialty, location, and appointment availability.

Neck Disability Index Scores of ≤7 Are Correlated with Patient Satisfaction Following Surgery for Degenerative Cervical Disc Disease

Findings from a study designed to correlate Neck Disability Index (NDI) score with patient satisfaction following anterior surgery for degenerative cervical disc disease.

What Is the Rate of Lumbar Fusion Following Single-Level Discectomy?

The analysis was based on data from more than 13,500 patients who underwent discectomy between January 2007 and September 2014.
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