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Spinemonitor - eNewsletter for Spine Professionals

2 New Cases: Adult Scoliosis: Progressive Back Pain in a 26-Year-old Male; New Sponsored Technology Case: Cervical and Bilateral Arm Pain

09/24/2008 -

This edition of spinemonitor features two original cases. Jeffrey C. Wang, MD presents a young man with a previous history of discectomy. Howard S. An, MD comments on Dr. Wang's case and offers his viewpoint on treatment options. A novel concept in treating cervical and bilateral arm pain is presented by Randy F. Davis, MD with case discussion by Todd Albert, MD.

New Case: Adult Scoliosis: Progressive Lower Extremity Radicular Pain; New Sponsored Technology Case Study

09/10/2008 -

This edition of spinemonitor features two original cases.  First, Christopher I. Shaffrey, MD presents adult scoliosis with progressive lower extremity radicular pain.  Steven R. Garfin, MD discusses Dr. Shaffrey’s case, including his suggested treatment.  Next, Kevin T. Foley, MD presents treatment of lumbar herniation.  Richard D. Guyer, MD provides case commentary.

Two New Cases: Cervical DDD with Myelopathy & Increasing Back and Leg Pain, Quadricep Weakness

08/27/2008 -

First, Richard G. Fessler, MD, PhD presents cervical degenerative disease — with myelopathy? You decide. Vincent Traynelis, MD discusses Dr.

Two New Cases: Cervical Trauma Resulting in Quadriplegia and Intractable Chronic Pain in Patient with Post-laminectomy Syndrome

08/13/2008 -

This edition of spinemonitor presents two different cases. First, Christopher I. Shaffrey, MD presents cervical trauma resulting in immediate quadriplegia. Marcel F. S. Dvorak, MD, FRCSC and Lali Sekhon, MD, PhD, FRACS, FICS provide the case discussion.

New Case: Gait and Balance Difficulties in a 76-Year-old Male

07/23/2008 -

Richard G. Fessler, MD, PhD presents a compelling case of a patient whose severe gait and balance difficulties require him to rely on a wheelchair.

New Case: Lumbar Herniation with Radiculopathy

07/09/2008 -

Timothy R. Kuklo, MD, JD presents a 42-year-old patient with Lumbar Herniation. James S.

New Case: Cervical Trauma in a Young Football Player

06/25/2008 -

This edition of spinemonitor features a trauma case from Christopher I. Shaffrey, MD with case discussion by Richard G. Fessler, MD.

Two New Patient Cases: Bilateral L2 Spondylolysis: Nonsurgical or Surgical Treatment?; Cervical Degenerative Changes with Segmental Kyphosis

06/11/2008 -

This edition of spinemonitor features a case from Michael P. Schaefer, MD about bilateral lumbar spondylolysis, which could be treated with or without surgery.

Two New Patient Cases: High-speed Motor Vehicle Accident; Lumbar Radicular Symptoms in a 24-Year-old Male

05/28/2008 -

Featured in today’s spinemonitor is a MVA / trauma case by Alexander Vaccaro, MD, PhD and D. Greg Anderson, MD with discussion by Neel Anand, MD, Mch Orth. In our first sponsored technology case, Mitchell A. Hardenbrook, MD presents an interesting alternative to traditional lumbar discectomy with commentary by Larry T. Khoo, MD.

New Patient Case: Spontaneous Low Back Pain, Radiculopathy and Weakness in a 28-Year-old

05/14/2008 -

This edition of spinemonitor features a fascinating case of spontaneous low back pain and radiculopathy that could be treated with or without surgery. This case is presented by Faisel M. Zaman, MD, FAAPMR, ABPM with discussions by Michael J. DePalma, MD and Jason M. Highsmith, MD. Dr. Zaman provides his concluding comments.

New Patient Case: Cervical Radiculopathy: Classic Case?

04/23/2008 -

In this edition of spinemonitor, cervical radiculopathy is presented by Richard G. Fessler, MD, PhD. Is it a classic case? You decide, then select your treatment preference and see the voting outcomes. Todd Albert, MD and Gerard J. Girasole, MD discuss the case.

New Patient Case: Competitive Equestrienne - Incapacitating Low Back Pain

04/09/2008 -

In this edition of spinemonitor, we highlight Richard G. Fessler, MD, PhD’s case of a competitive equestrienne with incapacitating low back pain. Jeffrey Wang, MD provides case commentary, including his treatment recommendation.

New Spine Case Study: Discitis and Osteomyelitis in a 63-Year-old Male.

03/26/2008 -

In this edition of spinemonitor, Choll Kim, MD presents an interesting case of discitis and osteomyelitis in an older man. Case discussion is provided by James S. Harrop, MD and Harel Deutsch, MD.

2 New Spine Case Studies - Cervical Degenerative Disc Disease: 34-Year-old Male & Burst Fracture in a 79-Year-old: How would you treat?

03/12/2008 -

This special edition of spinemonitor features two completely different cases and the opportunity to select treatment on both cases! Michael G. Kaiser, MD presents cervical degenerative disc disease in a relatively young man.

New Spine Case Study - 16-Year-old with Grade 3 Spondylolisthesis

02/27/2008 -

New Case by Timothy R. Kuklo, MD, JD. The patient is a 16-year-old female presenting with back pain, hamstring tightness, and increasing leg pain, with pain in the left leg greater than in the right.

New Spine Case Study - L1 Burst Fracture: Bracing or Surgery?

02/13/2008 -

New Case by Lali Sekhon, MD, PhD, FRACS, FICS. The patient is a 55-year-old male who was the rider in an ATV accident. Case discussion by Isador H. Lieberman, MD, MBA,, FRCS(C).

New Spine Case Study - Adolescent Disc Herniation: Conservative or Surgical Treatment?

01/23/2008 -

New Case by Reginald Q. Knight, MD. The patient is a 17-year-old male who presents with a 6-month history of increasing low back and buttock pain. Daniel K. Park, MD and Howard S.

New Spine Case Study - Severe Low Back Pain in a 90-Year Old Male - Vote for Treatment

01/09/2008 -

The patient is a 90-year-old male with a long history of intermittent low back pain that was well-controlled for years after a L3-L5 laminectomy.

Adjacent Segment Degeneration after Previous Decompression and Fusion

12/12/2007 -

"The patient presented in 2006 with severe, "unacceptable" low back pain, and early fatigue marked by diminished endurance when walking or standing." A case study with David W. Polly, Jr., MD

Degenerative Disc Disease in a 30 Year-old Female

11/18/2007 -

This 30 year-old female presented with low back pain that started 6 months ago. Activity makes her pain worse. She reports back pain as 8/10 and thigh pain as 5/10 without pain distal to the knee.


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