News and Research for Spine Professionals

Bracing Plus Exercise to Promote Bone Mineral Growth Is Key to Managing Scoliosis in Adolescents

While brace treatment has been shown to slow down curve progression in adolescents with idiopathic scoliosis, physical activity—particularly in the form of weight-bearing activities—should also be prescribed to prevent bone mineral loss and promote bone mineral gain.

Age, Procedure Type, and Magnitude of Systemic Disease Predict Length of Stay Following Open Lumbar Spine Surgery

Older age and widespread systemic disease were the only preoperative factors predictive of longer hospital stays following an elective open posterior lumbar spine surgery in a multivariate analysis reported in the June 1 issue of The Spine Journal.

12 Sessions of Spinal Manipulation May Be Optimal for Chronic Low Back Pain

The study was designed to determine the optimal number of spinal manipulation sessions needed to give the most efficient care with the best outcomes.

Antibiotic Use in Childhood Linked to Increased Risk of Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis

Antibiotics have a long and growing list of potential downsides, both short-term side effects and long-term risks. These risks need to be weighed against the potential benefits.

Patient-Related Factors Predict Satisfaction With Spine Surgery

Patient satisfaction with elective spine surgery for degenerative diseases is influenced by whether they achieve ...

Triclosan-Coated Sutures May Reduce the Risk of Surgical Site Infection After Spinal Surgery

Use of triclosan-coated sutures instead of non-coated sutures was associated with a significantly lower incidence of surgical site infections in patients undergoing spinal surgery.

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.

Race Impacts Severity of Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis and Likelihood of Surgery

"Hopefully, the findings of this study and other related investigations will lead to a better understanding among healthcare providers, in this case, scoliosis specialists".

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.

Nonidiopathic Scoliosis Surgical Wound Closure Technique Findings

Wound infections following posterior spinal fusion in the treatment of nonidiopathic scoliosis are linked to high morbidity and costs. New findings suggest that use of a plastic multilayered closure technique can lower the infection rate.

Pseudoathrosis Rates after ACDF Studied in Comprehensive Literature Review

The largest and most comprehensive literature review and meta-analysis of pseudoarthrosis rates after anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) underscored significant variation in the definition of pseudoarthrosis.

First Case of Spontaneous Spinal Cord Herniation Resolution Reported

The first case of spontaneous resolution of spinal cord herniation was reported in the September issue of the Journal of Neurosurgery. Resolution occurred during an approximately 1-year period.

Two-level Corpectomy and Three-level Discectomy Show Similar Outcomes for Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy

Dr. Mummaneni and colleagues studied all patients who underwent 2-level anterior cervical corpectomy and fusion or 3-level anterior cervical discectomy and fusion in the treatment of cervical spondylotic myelopathy between 2006 and 2012.

Robotic-Assisted Surgery for Spinal Tumors Shows Low Complication Rate

No perioperative or postoperative complications were found among 9 consecutive patients who underwent robotic-assisted surgery for treatment of metastatic and primary spine tumors, according to study in the International Journal of Spine Surgery.

MRI Equipment, Protocols, and Radiologists’ Expertise May Create Variability in Imaging Quality

An examination of the variability in quality of magnetic resonance imaging (MRIs) in the diagnosis of spine disorders.
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