News and Research for Spine Professionals

Spinal Metastasis Surgery and Stereotactic Radiosurgery: Wound Healing and Complications

Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) for postoperative spinal tumor control was the focus of Dr. Yanamadala’s study.

Traditional Open versus Mini-open Transpedicular Corpectomy in Thoracic Spinal Metastases

The outcomes of interest were operative time, estimated blood loss, complications, neurological status and long-term revision reoperation rates.

Minimally Invasive Posterior or Transarticular Approach to Sacroiliac Joint Fusion?

Up to 20% of low back pain can be caused by one or both sacroiliac (SI) joints. Diagnosis of the SI joint as the pain generator can be challenging and requires...

Isthmic and Degenerative Lumbar Spondylolisthesis: Diagnosis and Treatment

"My goal with this presentation is to examine the history of this condition and show how far we have come, and how far we have to go,”

Syndromes Mimic Nerve Entrapment of Peripheral Neuropathy

The challenge posed by differential diagnosis of peripheral neuropathy was the topic of a presentation given by Holly S. Gilmer, MD at the American Association of Neurological Surgeons 83rd Annual Scientific Meeting in Washington, DC.

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.

Neuromodulation Holds Promise for Treatment of Non-Neurological and Neurological Conditions

The history of neuromodulation and outlook for the future were topics addressed.

Spinal Cord Stimulation Devices Can Pose Safety Concerns for Spine Surgery

Implantation of a spinal cord stimulation changes aspects of a patient’s structural anatomy that may pose challenges during spine surgery.

Oral Steroids Provide Little Pain Relief Over Placebo in Acute Radiculopathy Due to Disc Herniation

“Each patient with acute radiculopathy (sciatica) will need to weigh the benefits and risks of taking a short course of oral steroids with their physician,”.

Nerve Root Involvement and Symptoms May Predict Treatment Success With McKenzie Method in Chronic Low Back Pain

The prospective cohort study involved 350 patients (age 18-60 years) with low back pain for more than 6 months who presented with centralization or peripheralization.

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 ...
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