News and Research for Spine Professionals

Multifactorial Predictors of Work Status in Patients With Low Back Pain Identified

Simple questions that address the impact of an individual’s low back pain on home, play, and work life are critical to determining what is most important to the patient.

Cervical Disc Replacement vs Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion: Five-year Study Results Include Subsequent Spinal Surgeries

Patients with myelopathy or cervical radiculopathy may require surgical decompression that includes restoration of disc space and foraminal height.

Researchers Define Sets of Patient Experiences for Low Back Pain

Researchers have found that patients with low back pain typically follow distinct sets of patient experience.

7 Year Outcome Comparing Cervical Disc Arthroplasty vs ACDF

This was a prospective study with 20 investigational sites comparing 265 historically-controlled ACDF patients in a prior cervical investigational device exemption study.

Career Advancement Advice for Spine Professionals

As a spine professional, you have a much different experience in the job market compared to those in the business world. The focus isn’t merely on your technical skills.

Standalone Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion Is Effective for Spinal Stenosis

The authors believe that standalone LLIF is a minimally invasive alternative to traditional anterior or posterior approaches in carefully selected patients.

Decompression Surgery Indirectly Improves Glycemic Control in Patients with Diabetes and Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

This is the first study to show the effects of lumbar stenosis surgery on Diabetes Mellitus.

Simple Tests for Lumbar Spondylolisthesis and Instability Show Efficacy

Despite the frequent occurrence of sponylolisthesis and lumbar instability in the United States, few physical examination findings have shown accuracy in detecting this condition.

Research Uncovers Mechanism of the BMP-2 Related Complications and Previously Unknown Source of Pluripotent Stem Cells

This study investigated how to make spine surgeries involving use of BMP-2 safer, so that potential nerve-related complications of BMP-2 can be avoided.

Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy: Pathophysiology and Biological Mechanisms

Information on the pathophysiology and biologic mechanisms of cervical spondylotic myelopathy—a common degenerative disease that results from spinal cord compression.

Researchers Examine Optimal Vitamin D Dose for Osteoporosis

“Does a daily dose of 6,500 IU of vitamin D3 improve bone mineral density in the hip and spine when compared to a daily dose of 800 IU?”

Perspective on Training Future Spine Surgeons

A new residency pathway focused specifically on training future spine surgeons should be developed to meet the changing needs of modern spine surgery practice.

Declining Rates of High-Dose Steroid Use for Acute Spinal Cord Injury

“It is a distressing commentary on our medico-legal system that despite the majority of surgeons who prescribe steroids...

Meta-analysis Links Bisphosphonates to Atrial Fibrillation

“The results of our analysis (pooled data from randomized control trials and observational studies) suggest an increased risk of developing...

Screening for Osteoporotic Vertebral Fractures: A Simple, Cost-effective Tool

Research was presented on a screening program for osteoporotic vertebral fractures (VF)—and how that program increases bisphosphonate prescriptions and eventually reduces the number of fractures.
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