News and Research for Spine Professionals

Improving Human Resources and Productivity in Orthopaedic and Spine Practices

How spine practices can plan for the everyday stress of caring for patients while at the same time improving productivity and profitability.

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.

Standalone Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion Is Effective for Spinal Stenosis

The authors believe that standalone LLIF is a minimally invasive alternative to traditional anterior or posterior approaches in carefully selected patients.

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.

Researchers Examine Optimal Vitamin D Dose for Osteoporosis

“Does a daily dose of 6,500 IU of vitamin D3 improve bone mineral density in the hip and spine when compared to a daily dose of 800 IU?”

Perspective on Training Future Spine Surgeons

A new residency pathway focused specifically on training future spine surgeons should be developed to meet the changing needs of modern spine surgery practice.

Meta-analysis Links Bisphosphonates to Atrial Fibrillation

“The results of our analysis (pooled data from randomized control trials and observational studies) suggest an increased risk of developing...

Screening for Osteoporotic Vertebral Fractures: A Simple, Cost-effective Tool

Research was presented on a screening program for osteoporotic vertebral fractures (VF)—and how that program increases bisphosphonate prescriptions and eventually reduces the number of fractures.

Using Age, Bone Mineral Density, and Spine Fracture Status to Predict Fracture Risk

Researchers found that the most predictive risk factors for incident fracture were age, bone mineral density, and spine fracture status.

Increase in Lumbar Spine Bone Mineral Density in Infants Receiving Vitamin D

Is there an increase seen in lumbar spine bone mineral density in infants who receive a high dose of vitamin D daily ?

Is Osteoporosis Associated with Poor Outcomes in Stroke Patients?

Learn whether researchers found osteoporosis linked to poor outcomes in stroke patients.

Does the Better Bones and Balance Program Help Prevent Bone Loss in the Hip and Spine?

US researchers evaluated Better Bones and Balance —a community-based exercise program to reduce fall and fracture risk—and its impact on bone health in a community setting.

Imaging Technology Improves Spinal Canal Tumor Detection

Scientists have developed a new computer system that works in conjunction with CT scans that improves detection of tumors in the spinal canal more clearly than ever. This latest technology was developed by doctors at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Radiology and Imaging Sciences Department in Bethesda, Maryland.

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.
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