News and Research for Spine Professionals

Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis: Are There Advantages of Surgical Correction During Adolescence?

Isador Lieberman, MD presented results of a retrospective study comparing the surgical outcome of idiopathic scoliosis patients who underwent corrective surgery as young adults with those who had surgery during adolescence.

3D-Printed PEEK Implants in Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy

Early results from a study using patient-specific 3D-printed PEEK implants in the surgical treatment of cervical spondylotic myelopathy.

Clinical Massage Therapy “Real-World” Study Outcomes

In a first-of-its-kind study, clinical massage therapy was shown to produce "clinically meaningful improvement" for more than half of patients studied.

Music Therapy Decreases Pain After Spine Surgery

Music therapy, when combined with standard medical care, lowered pain perception in patients recovering from spinal fusion.

Bundled Payments in Spine Surgery: Lessons Learned

While a majority of stakeholder groups are embracing the concept of bundles, physicians are not equally sold on the idea.

Spine Biomechanics Laboratory Quantitates Functional Outcomes After Spine Surgery

The Spinal Biomechanics Laboratory is the first spine-related human movement biomechanics lab to be incorporated within a private practice spine center in the United States.

Factors Affecting Medicare Diagnosis Related Group (DRG) Reimbursement for Minimally Invasive Deformity Spine Surgery

The study investigates the effect of Medicare DRG on reimbursement based on length of stay and medical comorbidity in MIS deformity surgery.

Navigating Health Insurance Coverage for Minimally Invasive SI Joint Surgery

Patients who underwent minimally invasive SI joint fusion with the iFuse Implant™ were 11 times less likely to be opioid users at their last visit.

Spine Surgery “Hype”? Robotics, Biologics, Navigation, Lasers

“Don’t Believe the Hype” was one of the popular symposiums held during the 17th Annual Meeting of the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery (ISASS).

Why Perform Spinal Injections at All? Evidence is Weak

The audience discussion included the question, "If the patient is not a surgical candidate, would you and do you send that patient for pain management?"

Stepwise, Standardized Staged Protocol for Surgical Correction of Adult Spinal Deformity Improves Functional Outcomes

Results of a new stepwise, standardized approach to circumferential minimally invasive surgery (CMIS) for the correction of adult spinal deformity.

Patient Risk for Recurrent Herniation and Readmission by Annular Defect Size

Study results indicate intra-operative identification of annular defect size may allow spine surgeons to risk-stratify patients for recurrent disc herniation.

Expandable Technology in Minimally Invasive TLIF

Findings from a prospective longitudinal study involving 25 patients who underwent MIS TLIF with an in situ expandable interbody device.

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.

ISASS17 Spine Surgery Program Meeting Highlights

Meeting highlights from the 17th Annual Conference of the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery (ISASS17).
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