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Spinemonitor - eNewsletter for Spine Professionals

Cervical Disc Herniation Adjacent to Fusion

01/13/2010 -

The first issue of the 2010 spinemonitor features a case of cervical disc herniation adjacent to fusion by Todd J. Albert, MD. Would you opt for the "tried and true" method to address the patient’s symptoms? Kee D. Kim, MD provides his viewpoint in an interesting case discussion.

Degenerative Disc Disease: Lumbar Interbody Fusion or Artificial Disc?

11/25/2009 -

Spinemonitor presents two new cases. In the first case, Reginald Q. Knight, MD asks whether "lumbar interbody fusion or artificial disc" is the better intervention. John C. Liu, MD discusses Dr. Knight’s case and includes his treatment choice. The next, by Thomas A. Zdeblick, MD, involves treatment of a college athlete sidelined by sciatica. Jason M. Highsmith, MD provides discussion of the technology used and the outcome.

Kyphosis Nonunion with Cervical Spinal Myelopathy

11/11/2009 -

This week, spinemonitor highlights Todd J. Albert, MD's complex and challenging case of iatrogenic cervical kyphosis. Edward C. Benzel, MD provides discussion highlighting several fundamental, yet critical, aspects of treatment.

Constant, Nonradiating Back Pain

10/28/2009 -

This week, spinemonitor highlights a case from Richard G. Fessler, MD, PhD with discussion by James G. Schwender, MD. What treatment do you select for this middle-age female — nonoperative, surgical, or possibly disc replacement?

New Onset of Low Back Pain

10/14/2009 -

In this week’s spinemonitor, Reginald Q. Knight, MD presents a case of a patient presenting with a new onset of lumbar-related back and leg pain. Tyler Koski, MD provides a thought-provoking discussion. Which treatment would you select?

Low Back Pain Two Years Post Recurrent Disc Excision

09/23/2009 -

Spinemonitor features an excellent case of progressive idiopathic scoliosis case presented by Keith Bridwell, MD. Baron S. Lonner, MD provides an insightful discussion including a particular common postoperative finding in some cases.

Low Back Pain Two Years Post Recurrent Disc Excision

09/09/2009 -

Spinemonitor features two must review cases. Reginald Q. Knight, MD presents details and treatment of a patient with new back pain. Tim Yoon, MD, PhD comments on Dr. Knight's avant-garde approach. Michael G. Vitale, MD, MPH's compelling case involves a girl with a 90-degree scoliosis. Pediatric scoliosis expert Lawrence G. Lenke, MD provides an extensive and meaningful discussion.

Lumbar DDD with a History of Back Pain

08/26/2009 -

This edition of spinemonitor presents what may be a classic case of lumbar degenerative disc disease—you decide.  Richard G. Fessler, MD, PhD summarizes the patient’s profile and treatment.  Many images provide diagnostic information and Neel Anand, MD, Mch Orth and John J. Carbone, MD discuss the case.

Traumatic Lumbar Bullet Injury

08/12/2009 -

Today’s spinemonitor features an interesting spinal trauma case involving a previous bullet injury.  Kamal Verma, MD, MCh (Neurosurgery) presents details about the patient’s presentation and treatment.  Jason M. Highsmith, MD’s discussion provides his opinions and includes points for argument.

Sagittal Imbalance following Previous Surgery

07/22/2009 -

Two cases are featured in this edition of spinemonitorFrank J. Schwab, MD illustrates the complex nature of sagittal spinal imbalance.  Reginald Q. Knight, MD comments on surgical decision-making and goals in this multi-planar deformity. 
Our sponsored technology case, Trans-sacral Approach to Chronic Low Back Pain, features David J. Hart, MD’s compelling case of chronic low back pain refractory to nonoperative treatment.  Prior, the patient underwent two microsurgical procedures at the same level.  Would you consider Dr. Hart’s treatment course or opt for something else?  Choll W. Kim, MD discusses the case and includes Dr. Hart’s response.

Progressive Cervical Myelopathy

07/08/2009 -

In this edition of spinemonitor, Todd J. Albert, MD presents a complex and challenging case involving sagittal imbalance.  Brian R. Subach, MD’s in depth discussion includes three important take away points.

Back and Leg Pain Impedes Ability to Work

06/24/2009 -

In this edition of spinemonitor, Praveen Mummaneni, MD presents an interesting case about back and leg pain that caused the patient to stop working.  James S. Harrop, MD’s case discussion accentuates the difficulty spine surgeons encounter with treatment of lumbar pathology.

Radicular Neck Pain

06/11/2009 -

This edition of Spinemonitor features two new cases. Radicular Neck Pain is presented by Todd J. Albert, MD with discussion and teaching points by Howard S. An, MD. Next, Don Stover, PT, OCS, Cert MDT provides in depth clinical evaluation and treatment in a young male with a significant lumbar disc bulge. Vert Mooney, MD discusses this unusual case and offers side notes for consideration.

Degenerative Disc Disease at L4-L5 and L5-S1

05/27/2009 -

This edition of Spinemonitor features a professional water skier with a two year history of predominant low back pain. Paul J. Slosar, Jr., MD presents the case detail and outcome. Richard D. Guyer, MD provides the discussion along with his viewpoint on patient selection.

Cervical Tumor in a 14-year-old

05/13/2009 -

Spinemonitor announces the launch of spineCME.org– the online, one-stop, without cost access to CME and CE for

Lumbar Degenerative Disc Disease in a 37-year old

04/22/2009 -

In this edition of spinemonitor, Richard G. Fessler, MD discusses treatment of a postoperative patient with lumbar DDD.

Progressive Lumbar Deformity in a 57-year-old Female

04/08/2009 -

In this edition of spinemonitor, Keith Bridwell, MD presents an interesting case of progressive lumbar deformity.  John T. Braun, MD notes the patient’s significant deformity, discusses the treatment options, and offers his recommendations.

spinemonitor Meetings Edition

04/02/2009 -

A special Meetings Edition of spinemonitor!  Here you will find meeting and registration links to important meetings for spine professionals.  For a complete listing of up

Lumbar Degenerative Disc Disease in a Basketball Player

03/26/2009 -

In this edition of spinemonitor, Richard G. Fessler, MD, PhD presents lumbar degenerative disc disease in a scholarship basketball player. Paul J.

Leg Pain and Sagittal Imbalance

03/11/2009 -

In this edition of spinemonitor, Keith Bridwell, MD presents an interesting case of degenerative changes causing leg pain and sagittal imbalance.  John T. Braun, MD offers his point of view.

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