News and Research for Spine Professionals

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.

Global Recruitment Trends for Advanced Practice Providers in Spine Care

Nicola Hawkinson, DNP, RNFA, RN talked with SpineUniverse about trends in health care employment affecting spine practices today.

USC Launches Online Pain Medicine Programs

USC offers a Master of Science in Pain Medicine and a Certificate in Pain Medicine. Both online programs provide clinicians a comprehensive body of knowledge on pain and enable them to better treat pain in their patients.

Opioids for Chronic Pain: Putting Evidence Into Perspective

Excessive concerns over opioid abuse and safety may cause reluctance among physicians to prescribe these agents for chronic pain, or prescribe even small amounts for severe acute pain.

Surgery Shows Measurable Benefits for Patients with Adult Spinal Deformity

This study is among the 10 winners of CNS’ inaugural Paper of the Year awards, which honor the best-in-class papers published in Neurosurgery.

High-Frequency Spinal Cord Stimulation Manages Back and Leg Pain Better than Low-Frequency Counterpart

CNS 2017 Paper of the Year Award. Integral to securing regulatory approval of HF10 therapy and ensuring more people have access to treatment.

Minimally Invasive Decompression Lowers Reoperation Rates

The study questions one of the long-held beliefs of many spine surgeons: When patients need surgery for lumbar spinal stenosis and spondylolisthesis, they will benefit most of a decompression and fusion procedure.

Patient Reported Outcomes Predict Patient Satisfaction Up to 5 Years After Cervical Spine Surgery

Correlation of patient satisfaction and surgical outcomes years after anterior cervical surgery. Gregory D. Schroeder, MD remarks about key findings.

Review Examines the Role and Disparities of Rehabilitation After Lumbar Fusion

Starting physical therapy later and incorporating psychosocial elements have support according to a literature review published in the JNS: Spine.

Has the Affordable Care Act Improved Patients’ Health?

Researchers examined evidence from more than 40 studies to determine what impact insurance coverage has on health and mortality, if any.

John F. Kennedy’s Unsuccessful Back Surgeries and Chronic Back Pain

The authors uncovered information proving to be the tip of the iceberg revealing more about JFK's chronic back pain and possibly his death.

Assessing Lumbar Conditions in Elite Athletes

Study explores the common lumbar conditions affecting this elite athletic patient subgroup and how treatment impacts return to play.

Does Minimally Invasive Lumbar Fusion Benefit Patients Compared With Open Surgery?

Researchers collected data from an observational, prospective national registry of 2,036 patients to compare outcomes of MIS vs open spine surgery.

Osteoporosis Drug Significantly Reduced Fractures Compared to Traditional Treatment

Unlike previous romosozumab studies, this study showed the drug’s benefits beyond vertebral fractures, but cardiovascular risk puts FDA approval on hold.

Smokers With Cervical Disc Disease Have Increased Spine Surgery Rates

Are stronger pre-surgical smoking cessation programs needed? Zorica Buser, PhD, and Jeffrey C. Wang, MD, comment on the study findings.
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