News and Research for Spine Professionals

Can Treatment Influence Osteoporotic Fracture Risk?

A study explored the characteristics that may cause patients taking alendronate to experience fractures.

FDA Warns Consumers of Pro ArthMax Dangers

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is advising consumers not to purchase or use Pro ArthMax, a product promoted and sold as a dietary supplement for joint, muscle and arthritic pain.

How Lumbar Spine Degenerative Changes Affect BMD and Osteoporosis Diagnosis

Researchers looked at degenerative changes in the lumbar spine in elderly women using dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA).

Generic Celecoxib Receives FDA Approval

FDA approves first versions of generic celecoxib and names two pharmaceutical companies who have received approval to market the drugs.

The Effectiveness of Bone Scan Imaging in Locating Vertebral Fractures

Researchers set out to understand the effectiveness of using bone scan imaging to gauge pain in patients with osteoporotic vertebral compression fractures.

Study Shows Long-term Benefits of Osteoporosis Treatment

The beneficial effects of teriparatide injections to treat patients with primary osteoporosis may last up to 1 year following the completion of treatment, according to the results of a recent study published online.

FDA Issues New Warning for Reclast (Zoledronic Acid)

The FDA released a new warning label for the osteoporosis medication Reclast. This article reviews what practitioners should do before prescribing Reclast to osteoporosis patients.

Defining Spondylosis Beyond Age-related Spinal Degeneration

Seeking to develop a definition of spondylolosis instead of classifying it as one of "many degenerative spine diseases".

Current and Prospective Management of Vertebral Compression Fractures and Osseous Spinal Metastases

New and prospective treatments for vertebral compression fractures.

Osteoporosis and Spinal Fracture Management Tool: Own the Bone®

The American Orthopaedic Association’s Own the Bone® tool helps hospitals, medical centers, and physician practices to develop their own Fracture Liaison Service (FLS).

Depression as a Predictor of Quality of Life Post Lumbar Spinal Stenosis Treatment

Nonoperative treatment included: Physical therapy and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.

Clinical Prediction Model for Surgical Outcome in Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy Found Valid

A clinical predictive rule can help surgeons determine whether an individual patient will benefit from spine surgery to treat cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM).

Three Factors May Predict Patients at Greatest Risk for Concomitant Epidural Abscesses

A single spinal epidural abscess is a serious condition that can be difficult to diagnose.

High-Dose Tranexamic Acid Reduces Blood Loss in Extensive Spine Surgery

Discover the findings of a study conducted in China treating patients with high doses of tranexamic acid (TXA).

Modic Changes Associated with Greater Risk of Poor Outcome in Lower Back Pain

Patients with lower back pain who show Type 1 Modic changes may be at increased risk of experiencing poor treatment outcomes. This finding comes from a prospective study of 141 patients with lower back pain that was conducted in Denmark.
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