News and Research for Spine Professionals

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.

Pretreatment May Unlock the Regenerative Potential of Neural Stem Cells in Chronic Spinal Cord Injury

Pretreatment with the bacterial enzyme Chondroitinase ABC (ChABC) improves the regenerative outcome of neural stem cells in the chronically injured spinal cord.

High-Dose Tranexamic Acid Reduces Blood Loss in Extensive Spine Surgery

Discover the findings of a study conducted in China treating patients with high doses of tranexamic acid (TXA).

Simple Tests for Lumbar Spondylolisthesis and Instability Show Efficacy

Despite the frequent occurrence of sponylolisthesis and lumbar instability in the United States, few physical examination findings have shown accuracy in detecting this condition.

Sex Life Question on Oswestry Disability Index is Accurately Answered by Most Patients with Chronic Low Back Pain

Anecdotal evidence suggests that the sex life-related question of the Oswestry Disability Index (ODI-8) may need to be altered because it is either inaccurately answered or limits patient participation in the survey.

Modic Changes Associated with Greater Risk of Poor Outcome in Lower Back Pain

Patients with lower back pain who show Type 1 Modic changes may be at increased risk of experiencing poor treatment outcomes. This finding comes from a prospective study of 141 patients with lower back pain that was conducted in Denmark.

Predictor of Return to Work after Lumbar Discectomy

The study focused on whether patients were working three months after surgery.

7 Year Outcome Comparing Cervical Disc Arthroplasty vs ACDF

This was a prospective study with 20 investigational sites comparing 265 historically-controlled ACDF patients in a prior cervical investigational device exemption study.

Declining Rates of High-Dose Steroid Use for Acute Spinal Cord Injury

“It is a distressing commentary on our medico-legal system that despite the majority of surgeons who prescribe steroids...

Major Cost Drivers for Spine Surgery Identified

Researchers have identified the most important cost drivers in spinal surgery as well as considerable variability in both the management and costs of spinal surgery.

Surgical Approach Is a Risk Factor for Infection in Spinal Surgery

From our study, we found that the minimally invasive surgery (MIS) approach was associated with a lower ...

Naloxegol Shows Promise in Relieving Opioid-Induced Constipation

“This trial was unique in that it also identified and enrolled patients who had tried and failed other laxatives for their opioid-induced constipation prior to enrollment”.
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