News and Research for Spine Professionals

Monthly Oral Ibandronate Boosts Bone Mineral Density in the Lumbar Spine

Is monthly ibandronate safe and effective when taken long-term?

Teriparatide Injections Can Improve Fusion Rates in Postmenopausal Women with Osteoporosis

A prospective trial was done to examine if teriparatide administration following instrumented lumbar posterolateral fusion would improve bone union in postmenopausal women with osteoporosis.

Formal Osteoporosis Screening Lowers Fracture Risk in Patients

A study was conducted to understand the effects of an osteoporosis screening program on patients’ fracture risk.

Predicting Osteoporotic Vertebral Compression Fractures in Women

What factors increase the risk of osteoporotic vertebral compression fractures in women who have reached menopause?

Epidural Steroid Injections and Osteoporotic Fracture Risk

Do epidural steroid injections (ESIs) play a role in a person’s risk of osteoporotic fractures?

Is Osteoporosis of the Spine Common in Patients with COPD?

Researchers examined the progression of osteoporosis in patients who have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

What Are Optimal Screening Strategies for Treatment of Osteoporosis and Fractures of the Spine?

There were 202 frail women involved in the study. These women were 65 years old or older; their mean age was 85 years old.

Which Osteoporosis Medications Help Prevent Fractures in the Spine and Hip?

Researchers examined the efficacy of powerful antiresorptive agents that are currently available to help prevent fractures.

Naloxegol Shows Promise in Relieving Opioid-Induced Constipation

“This trial was unique in that it also identified and enrolled patients who had tried and failed other laxatives for their opioid-induced constipation prior to enrollment”.

Surgeon Surveys Provide Framework for Enhancing Perioperative Spine Care

Recent efforts have centered on perioperative interventions outside the operating room that might foster better outcomes more cost-effectively.

Does Inflammatory Bowel Disease Lead to Low Bone Mineral Density in the Lumbar Spine?

Researchers looked at whether inflammatory bowel disease could lead to osteoporosis in the lumbar spine, as well as other locations in the body.

Current Updates in Spinal Surgical Site Infections

While research on diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of spinal surgical site infections (SSIs) is rapidly emerging, there is little evidence to guide surgeons in the management of this complication.

Exploring the Association Between Osteoporosis and Psoriasis

Amidst controversy about the association between psoriasis and osteoporosis, their results demonstrate that both men and women with osteoporosis...

Fibromyalgia Treated with Occipital Nerve Stimulation

The diagnosis, pathophysiology, and treatment of fibromyalgia were topics addressed at a Meeting of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons in Washington, DC.

Is Surgery for Degenerative Cervical Myelopathy Cost Effective?

Data gathered may help guide clinical decision making and policy decisions regarding healthcare resource allocations used for treatment of degenerative cervical myelopathy.
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