News and Research for Spine Professionals

Patients Markedly Underestimate Radiation Exposure From Spinal Imaging

The radiation dose of computed tomography (CT) scans, and more than three-fourths of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) was substantially underestimated by patients.

Marked Variability in Diagnostic Interpretation of Lumbar Spine MRI Found

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of a single patient’s lumbar spine at 10 different MRI centers showed marked variability in reported interpretive findings and a high prevalence of interpretive errors.

Surgery for Adult Spinal Deformity Improves Gait Patterns, but Limitations Remain

Surgical correction of adult spinal deformity was linked to improvements in gait patterns, but patients still show...

Measures May Prevent Common Complications of Spinal Cord Injury

Researchers highlighted early measures that may prevent acute complications of spinal cord injury.

Research Shows BMP Use in Pediatric Fusion Does Not Improve Revision Rates

First study to provide 10-year utilization and outcome data for rhBMP use in pediatric patients who underwent spinal arthrodesis. Jeffrey Wang, MD provides insightful commentary.

NASS Releases Coverage Policy Recommendations on Intrathecal Drug Delivery Systems

The North American Spine Society released coverage policy recommendations on spinal intrathecal drug delivery systems for the treatment of nonmalignant pain and spasticity.

Epidural Steroid Injection Before Spine Surgery Linked to Postoperative Infection

The timing of lumbar epidural steroid injection (LESI) treatment before spinal fusion surgery may be an important risk factor for postoperative infection.

Robotic-Guided S2AI Screw Placement Offers Accurate and Efficient Sacropelvic Fixation

Robotic-guided S2-alar iliac (S2AI) screw placement was found to be accurate and efficient in sacropelvic fixation in a recent retrospective review.

Clinical Massage Therapy “Real-World” Study Outcomes

In a first-of-its-kind study, clinical massage therapy was shown to produce "clinically meaningful improvement" for more than half of patients studied.

Music Therapy Decreases Pain After Spine Surgery

Music therapy, when combined with standard medical care, lowered pain perception in patients recovering from spinal fusion.

Stepwise, Standardized Staged Protocol for Surgical Correction of Adult Spinal Deformity Improves Functional Outcomes

Results of a new stepwise, standardized approach to circumferential minimally invasive surgery (CMIS) for the correction of adult spinal deformity.

Is Chiropractic Care Safe and Effective for Older Adults?

The updated recommendations include data from recently published randomized-controlled trials that provide additional support for the safety of spinal manipulative therapy in older adults.

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.

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.
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