News and Research for Spine Professionals

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.

Epidural Steroid Injections May Delay Surgery, But Only Minimally

The review article evaluated the findings from 26 studies to determine whether epidural steroid injections have a surgery-sparing effect on patients with back pain.

Osteoporosis in Patients with Parkinson’s Disease

What are the factors that influence the association between bone loss and Parkinson’s disease? A study in the Journal of Neurology explored this question.

Preventing Glucocorticoid-induced Osteoporosis in Men

Researchers examined bisphosphonates—specifically 2 osteoporosis medications and glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis in men.

FDA's Prescription Acetaminophen Recommendation

Limiting the amount of acetaminophen per dosage unit will reduce the risk of...

Low-molecular Weight Heparin New Warning Labels

Clinicians should carefully consider the timing of spinal catheter placement and removal in patients taking anticoagulant drugs.

Are Patients with Fibromyalgia at Risk for Osteoporosis of the Spine?

Patients with fibromyalgia typically have less sunlight exposure. The lack of exposure may put them at an increased risk of developing osteoporosis.
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