News and Research for Spine Professionals

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.

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.

Polypharmacy Increased in Adults NHANES Survey Reports

Notably, several of the top 10 most commonly used drugs in 2011-2012 were medications used to treat factors associated with the cardiometabolic syndrome—including hypertension, diabetes, and dyslipidemia—or obesity.

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.

Scoliosis Specific Exercise and Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis

In adolescents with idiopathic scoliosis, the goal of scoliosis specific exercise (SSE) treatment is prevention or reduction of curve progression, respiratory dysfunction, spinal pain, and improved appearance through postural correction.

Adult Native Vertebral Osteomyelitis Clinical Guideline

A summary of the Infectious Diseases Society of America’s (IDSA) recently published clinical practice guideline for treating native vertebral osteomyelitis, with commentary by Jeffrey Gudin, MD.

Many Patients Lack Understanding of Spine Surgery Reimbursement

Patients who undergo spine surgery often overestimate the amount of reimbursement their surgeons receive for the procedures, according to a recent study in the The Spine Journal.

Surgery for Lumbar Degenerative Disc Disease Increased by 2.4-fold in the Last Decade

Surgical treatment of lumbar/ lumbosacral degenerative disc disease increased by 2.4-fold between 2000 and 2009, according to data from a nationwide, population-based cohort published in the The Spine Journal.

Diabetes and Chronic Kidney Disease Linked to Suboptimal Quality of Life Benefit After Lumbar Decompression

Patients with diabetes and chronic kidney disease do not experience expected improvements in quality of life following lumbar decompression in the treatment of lumbar degenerative disease.

Mobilization, Manipulation, and Clinical Massage Are Effective Treatments for Neck Pain

This study is an update on the landmark review performed in 2008 by the Bone and Joint Decade Task Force on Neck Pain and its Associated Disorders.

Ghost Attendance: How to Handle a Candidate who Lied about Their Education

A common practice for most candidates applying for jobs is to make their resumes more robust possibly by embellishing. What if the candidate never graduated or even attended a school they said they did? How to avoid difficult situations.

Higher Than Expected Rate of Reoperation Found Following Final Fusion in Early-Onset Scoliosis

Twenty percent of children with early-onset scoliosis who underwent growing-rod surgery required reoperation following final fusion. The higher than expected rate of reoperation has important implications for patient counseling.

Minimally Invasive Surgery for Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis Shows Same Efficacy as Open Approach with Less Transfusion Needs

The study is the first published case series comparing follow-up data from 7 patients with AIS who underwent MIS and 15 patients who underwent PSF.

Allogenic Blood Transfusions and Survival Following Surgery for Spinal Metastases

Researchers suggest that more liberal transfusion policies might be warranted for patients undergoing surgery for spinal metastasis.
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