News and Research for Spine Professionals

Early Physical Therapy for Low Back Pain Shows Modest Benefits

Low back pain is common among many Americans, and even as health care spending increases, so does the prevalence of poor outcomes associated with it.

Findings Support Safety of Outpatient Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion

Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) can safely be performed in the outpatient setting.

Interspinous Spacer Relieves Painful Symptoms of Lumbar Spinal Stenosis Study Shows

The FDA-approved Superion interspinous spacer provided similar relief from symptoms of neurogenic claudication when compared to historical data from studies of decompressive laminectomy in the treatment of lumbar spinal stenosis.

3D Printing With Synthetic Scaffolds

Researchers in China have used the concept of 3D printing for biomedical purposes, specifically fabrication of an artificial vertebral body.

Transpoas Approach to Lumbar Corpectomy Shows High Rate of Patient Satisfaction and Functional Outcomes

Patients with unstable burst fractures treated with anterior lumbar corpectomy and cage placement using a transpsoas approach and short-segment posterior instrumentation showed high rates of satisfaction with outcomes.

Early Surgical Decompression Improves Outcomes From Spinal Cord Injuries

Early decompression should be considered as a treatment option for adults with traumatic spinal cord injuries, particularly in people with severe injury.

Adjacent Level Disease: Can Cervical Arthroplasty Decrease the Risk?

At 7 years, patients treated with a single-level anterior cervical discectomy and fusion have three times the risk of needing surgery for adjacent segment disease compared to patients treated with total disc replacement.

The Changing Face of Spinal Cord Injury Trials

From studies on neuroprotective approaches to novel biologics, new discoveries are anticipated to translate into breakthroughs in this field.

Is Vertebral Augmentation Beneficial for Compression Fractures in the Elderly?

Findings suggest that vertebral augmentation is efficacious for the treatment of compression fractures in elderly patients with osteoporosis, James S. Harrop, MD, told attendees at Spine Summit 2016.

Satisfaction With Pain After Spine Surgery: What Residual Pain Level Do Spine Surgery Patients Find Acceptable?

“Studies in days gone by used pain scales only, but for various reasons over the years a more complex assessment of health-related quality of life has become popular”.

iFuse Titanium Implant System Shows Efficacy and Safety in 2-Year Study

The introduction of minimally invasive alternatives to open SI joint fusion were met with skepticism early on; however, initial retrospective studies showed promise.

Guidance on Medications for Fracture Healing Released by Expert Panel

The International Osteoporosis Foundation reviewed existing literature and voted on appropriateness of care for fracture healing.

Investigational Non-Opioid Analgesic NeuroRelease May Provide 2 Weeks of Postsurgical Pain Relief

A novel 14-day, non-opioid, postsurgical pain treatment known as NeuroRelease is being developed by PixarBio Corporation and is expected to be FDA approved in 2018, according to the company.

Clostridium difficile Infection Is Rare But Costly/Deadly Complication in Cervical Spine Surgery

The investigators used the 2002 to 2011 Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) database to identify cases of C. difficile following cervical spine procedures for degenerative spine diagnoses.

Osteoporotic Vertebral Fracture Risk in the Spine

Do homocysteine, vitamin B12, and folate impact the prevalence of asymptomatic osteoporotic vertebral fractures —specifically in the lumbar spine and proximal femur, in postmenopausal women?
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