News and Research for Spine Professionals

Are Creating Job Descriptions Worth the Time and Effort?

A well-written job description serves a multitude of purposes and the better it’s written, the more useful it can be to define the roles of employees in your practice.

Diabetes May Diminish QOL Improvement Following Lumbar Decompression

Diabetes was an independent predictor of diminished improvement in quality of life (QOL) after lumbar decompression surgery in a recent retrospective review.

Managing Spine Patients With Diabetes: A Patient-Centric Approach

Carrie Diulus, MD discussed the unique challenges that diabetes poses for spine providers, including challenges with differential diagnosis, as well as medical, operative, and perioperative management.

Recommendations for Avoiding Position-Related Complications During Lumbar Surgery

New findings from a systematic review and meta-analysis suggest ways to avoid potentially severe complications associated with intraoperative positioning.

Effective Value-Based Initiatives for Complex Spine Surgery

Dr. Rajiv Sethi’s research lead to development of a spine safety improvement model that includes key factors needed at the individual, team, and organizational level to guide quality and safety improvement initiatives.

Epidural Anesthesia via Catheter in Spine Surgery Effectively Reduces Postoperative Pain

The patient is comfortable and the injection allows for routine neurologic examinations. Many physicians are adopting this new technique.

Lumbar Spine Surgery Outcomes: Physiotherapy, Patient Mood and Behavior

Prolonged pain after surgery has been shown to be influenced by these factors: Patient selection, type of surgery performed, and whether or not there's a postoperative rehabilitation plan. Mood and patient behavior play a significant role in outcomes too.

Implications of the Aging Population on Spine Surgery

With the global population undergoing an upward shift in its age structure, clinicians are required to manage a growing number of spinal disorders specific to the elderly.

Men With Osteoporosis Are At Increased Risk for Erectile Dysfunction

Men with osteoporosis should be evaluated for erectile dysfunction (ED), and men with ED should be screened for low bone mass density (osteoporosis), according to findings from a large nationwide study from Taiwan.

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.

AST-OPC1 Stem Cell Therapy May Offer New Hope for Spinal Cord Injury

Progress report: Rush University Medical Center are part of a multicenter phase 1/2a trial investigating the use of oligodendrocyte progenitor cells AST-OPCI for treatment of subacute cervical SCI.

Factors May Predict Disc Degeneration Following Spinal Fusion for Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis

Lumbar disc degeneration following spinal fusion in the treatment of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis tends to occur in patients with greater L4 tilt angle and fewer mobile segments in the lower spine, according to a retrospective study.

North American Spine Society 34th Annual Meeting Highlights

SpineUniverse coverage of the 34th Annual Meeting of the North American Spine Society held at McCormick Place in Chicago during September 2019.

The Role of Spine Surgeons in Reducing Opioid Overdoses

The landscape of the opioid crisis has changed, and as the number of opioid-related overdose deaths continue to rise, spine surgeons play a key role in helping reduce these rates.

4 Spine Technology Highlights from NASS 2019

SpineUniverse technology highlights from NASS 2019 focus on 4 innovative spine companies improving patient care through advanced diagnostic and treatment solutions.

The Role of Neuromodulation in Complex Pain Conditions

Important studies on neuromodulation used in patients with chronic pain, including spine conditions, if SCS has an impact on the opioid crisis, and why more spine surgeons should consider SCS as part of treatment pathways.

Carving Out Time to Prevent Physician Burnout: Q&A with Todd Albert, MD

The physician / spine surgeon burnout prevention presentation during NASS 2019 led to interesting audience questions answered by Todd Albert, MD.

Preventing Spine Surgeon Burnout and Suicide

Spine surgeon Todd Albert, MD, focused on physician burnout, increased risk for suicide and emphasized the need to destigmatize burnout to allow more physicians to talk about the issue and seek help.

Exercise as a Vital Sign in Spine Care

Implications of physical inactivity on outcomes of spinal surgery and the need for a paradigm change to promote exercise earlier in life as preventative medicine.

Can Standard Work Reduce Complications in Adult Spinal Deformity Surgery?

Standardizing the surgical treatment of adult spinal deformity includes using a patient optimization protocol, which is supported by good evidence.

Optimizing Preemptive and Perioperative Analgesia in Spine Surgery to Reduce Postoperative Opioid Use

Strategies for optimizing preemptive and perioperative pain management with the goal of reducing the risk for long-term opioid use after spine surgery.

When Do Complications Occur After Adult Spinal Deformity Surgery?

Current evidence regarding risk factors for complications of adult spinal deformity surgery and how these complications have changed over time.

Distraction Is a Leading Cause of Cell Phone-Related Head and Neck Injuries

The first study to investigate the role of cell phones and cell phone-related distractions in injuries to the head and neck, according to the researchers.

Navigated Spinal Instrumentation Utilizing a “Hybrid” Technique to Compensate for Intraoperative Anatomic Changes: A Retrospective Review of a New Technique

Retrospective research finds a hybrid O-arm, C-arm, O-arm technique is an effective, radiation-sparing method for surgeons to compensate for certain intraoperative anatomic changes that are routinely encountered during minimally invasive, image-guided spinal surgery.

Patients Markedly Underestimate Radiation Exposure From Spinal Imaging

The radiation dose of computed tomography (CT) scans, and more than three-fourths of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) was substantially underestimated by patients.

Single-Level Instrumented Lumbar Interbody Fusion: The Impact of ASCs on Evidence-Based Medicine

Evidence-based medicine is the emerging trend in health care reform focused on making health care safer, less complicated, and more cost-effective.

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.

Depression Rates After Spine Surgery

Results from a large study evaluating risk for post-operative depression after spinal surgery suggest that psychosocial effects of major surgery on patients cannot be overstated.

Is Chiropractic Care Safe and Effective for Older Adults?

The updated recommendations include data from recently published randomized-controlled trials that provide additional support for the safety of spinal manipulative therapy in older adults.

Neck Disability Index Scores of ≤7 Are Correlated with Patient Satisfaction Following Surgery for Degenerative Cervical Disc Disease

Findings from a study designed to correlate Neck Disability Index (NDI) score with patient satisfaction following anterior surgery for degenerative cervical disc disease.

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.

iMAS Technique Combines Open and Minimally Invasive Approaches for Treatment of Degenerative Spine Disorders

The intervertebral micro access surgery (iMAS) technique for transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion offers a novel approach for treatment of select degenerative lumbar disease processes. Learn more about this approach.

Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization

The last 20 years have seen an explosion in the use of metal or hard plastic instruments to assess and treat soft-tissue injuries, such as in IASTM.

Do Sit-Stand Desks Have a Role in Spine Care?

Office workers who alternated between sitting and standing significantly increased the number of calories they burned without causing pain.

Abaloparatide Reduces Fracture Risk in Women with Osteoporosis

Daily injection of abaloparatide for 18 months significantly reduced the risk of new vertebral and nonvertebral fractures in postmenopausal women with osteoporosis at high risk of fracture.

Innovative Biomarker Tool for Chronic Pain Assessment

The Neurophysiologic Pain Profile (NP3), combined with other standard technology and tools, provides unprecedented data that lets patients and physicians know what is necessary for each individual.

Psychosocial Risk Factors for Extended Disability

Why do some people recover from an acute musculoskeletal injury, while others transition out of the acute injury phase in the opposite direction—toward chronic disability?

Role of Workers’ Compensation Data in Spinal Disability

Technology Update: Keith Rosenblum spoke about the unique role workers’ compensation data may play stemming from the rising tide of spinal disability costs worldwide.

Keys to Understanding Spine-Related Disability

Robert Barth, PhD, discusses three sets of key references he believes critical to changing our understanding of spine-related disability.

Spine-Related Disability: Understanding the Global Burden of Disease Studies

Understanding the global burden of spine-related disability was the focus of a recent presentation by Nicola V. Hawkinson, DNP, RN, RNFA at the 2nd Annual Spine 10 x 25 Summit.

Lumbar Herniated Discs: Diagnostic and Treatment Decision-Making

Richard Deyo, MD and Sohail Mirza, MD discuss the current research on lumbar herniated discs, including diagnostic pearls along with the most efficacious treatment options and guidelines.

Axial Spondyloarthritis: Are We Missing the Diagnosis?

Providers who treat back pain often lack a clear understanding of the presentation, diagnostic workup and treatment options for axial spondyloarthritis.

Novel Scoring System Predicts Complications Post Spinal Fusion

A novel simple-to-use scoring system that can postoperatively predict which patients are at a higher risk for major complications from spinal fusion was published in The Spine Journal.

Physician Burnout and Professional Dissatisfaction Linked to Electronic Health Records and Computerized Physician Order Entry

Use of electronic health records (EHRs) and computerized physician order entry (CPOE) may lead to lower physician satisfaction and higher rates of professional burnout.

Opioid Prescribing: The Hospitalist Perspective, A Qualitative Analysis

A study published recently in the Journal of Hospital Medicine reveals some surprising factors that influence hospitalists' attitudes toward opioid prescribing during hospitalization and at discharge.

Guidance on Medications for Fracture Healing Released by Expert Panel

The International Osteoporosis Foundation reviewed existing literature and voted on appropriateness of care for fracture healing.

iFuse Titanium Implant System Shows Efficacy and Safety in 2-Year Study

The introduction of minimally invasive alternatives to open SI joint fusion were met with skepticism early on; however, initial retrospective studies showed promise.

Is Vertebral Augmentation Beneficial for Compression Fractures in the Elderly?

Findings suggest that vertebral augmentation is efficacious for the treatment of compression fractures in elderly patients with osteoporosis, James S. Harrop, MD, told attendees at Spine Summit 2016.

Early Surgical Decompression Improves Outcomes From Spinal Cord Injuries

Early decompression should be considered as a treatment option for adults with traumatic spinal cord injuries, particularly in people with severe injury.

Mesenchymal Stem Cell Allograft and ACDF Study Outcomes

Patients who received mesenchymal stem cell allografts during anterior cervical discectomy and fusion had lower fusion rates compared with a matched cohort of patients who received standard allografts.
SHOW MAIN MENU
SHOW SUB MENU
Cancel
Delete

Get new patient cases delivered to your inbox

Sign up for our healthcare professional eNewsletter, SpineMonitor.
Sign Up!