News and Research for Spine Professionals

Search Rankings for Spine Specialists

Search engine optimization for the medical industry is complicated enough. A 2020 study suggests winning the search engine wars is even less intuitive than you may expect. Learn SEO best practices for spine specialists.

Is Your Spine Practice Principle-Based?

A principle-based spine surgeon chooses the best technique for each patient instead of the surgery technique at which they’re best, says Ali A. Baaj, MD.

2020 NASS Annual Meeting: Question Your Biases, Says NASS President

William J. Sullivan, MD, kicked off the 2020 NASS annual meeting by exhorting his colleagues to challenge their preconceived judgements.

NASS Annual Meeting: Wang Recognized for Advocacy

NASS past president Jeffrey C. Wang, MD, is recognized for his advocacy work at the organization’s annual meeting. Hear from Dr. Wang what advocacy—and his award—means to him.

New Study Tests Reliability of Lin/Lenke Classification System for Adult Idiopathic Scoliosis

A new study from the creators of the Lin/Lenke adolescent scoliosis classification system suggests it's applicable for adults too, which may drive future treatment plans for adult scoliosis.

Can Pedicle Screw Guards Reduce Surgical Site Infections?

Surgical hardware contamination is always a risk in spine surgery, but Aakash Agarwal, PhD believes he has a solution. Learn more.

Become an IME and Diversify Your Income Stream

Spine specialists can gain an extra income stream by becoming an independent medical examiner (IME) if their case volume has dropped due to COVID lockdowns.

SpineUniverse Technology Highlights from Bioventus, Mainstay Medical and Spinal Balance

Learn about the latest surgical tech for spine specialists, including bioactive bone grafts, a new neurostimulator and sterile screws.

Surgical Planning Techniques for Better Outcomes

Advances in surgical planning techniques could improve outcomes in spine operations. Ehsan Jazini, MD, a spine surgeon at Virginia Spine Institute, shares several smart presurgical strategies.

MRI-Based Tool Assesses Bone Quality Prior to Spine Surgery

Bone quality is a predictor of spine surgery outcomes, but few surgeons use DEXA scans to assess bone quality before operating. This MRI-based tool may make detecting osteoporosis and osteopenia easier.

How Can Virtual Reality in Medicine Enhance the Patient Experience?

Virtual reality, already established in brain surgery, is starting to prove its value as a patient-education tool in the spine setting. Here’s how VR in medicine can enhance the patient experience.

Heads Up! Docs Perform First Augmented Reality-Guided Spinal Fusion

Surgeons used augmented reality, which one likened to the heads-up display of a fighter pilot, for the first time in the operating room to perform a spinal fusion. The groundbreaking surgery took place at The Johns Hopkins Hospital on June 8, 2020.

9 Spine Technology and News Highlights August 2018

SpineUniverse highlights a blend of 9 news briefs covering spine industry corporate news, clinical research, 3D-printing advances and devices, and technical updates from August 2018.

SpineUniverse Highlight: PrecisionOS Virtual Reality Technology is Changing the Future of Surgical Training

Dr. Danny Goel, CEO of PrecisionOS discussed how their unique VR technology is improving surgical training by providing a virtual immersive and lifelike OR experience.

SpineUniverse Technology Highlight: Spinal Implant Company Nexxt Spine, LLC

James Abraham, Nexxt Spine’s COO, talks about the company's 10-year history, innovative spinal implant designs and inhouse manufacturing capabilities.

Docs Must Take the Lead in Prioritizing Surgery

As societies around the world continue to contend with social distancing and the COVID-19 pandemic, spine specialists will have to wrangle with prioritizing canceled surgeries. Dr. Michael Fehlings is studying the most efficient ways to do so.

Virtual Conference Brings Spine Specialist Community Together

The Virtual Global Spine Conference allows specialists around the world to gather and learn on Zoom for free in response to the COVID-19 epidemic.

Ketamine and Other Promising Alternatives to Opioids

Ketamine and other NMDA antagonists can play an important role in pain management and as an alternative to opioids, says our expert.

Chronic Opioid Use Before Spine Surgery Linked to Longer Opioid Use After Surgery

Chronic opioid use before a laminectomy is linked to longer opioid use and longer hospital stays after a laminectomy. But do the data tell the whole story?

Telemedicine for Spine Care During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Telemedicine use among spine specialists is rapidly rising due to the coronavirus pandemic. Learn how one large practice is implementing telemedicine and get tips on how to do it for your practice.

Do You Screen Your Surgical Patients for Psychological Comorbidities?

Mental health comorbidities are a predictor of readmission and revision after spine surgery, but few surgeons perform psychological screenings for prospective patients.

Implant-Related Management of Surgical Site Infections After Spine Surgery

Clinical pearls from the author’s review of postoperative surgical site infections; infection rate variability, readmission cost, implant loosening and aseptic revision spine surgery.

Achieving Cognitive Dominance in Spine Surgery

Neurosurgeon Mark McLaughlin, MD, spoke with SpineUniverse about how 28 years of experience led to his book detailing strategies to master fear, stress, anxiety, and dominate burnout.

Black Patients at High Risk of Poor Outcomes From Lumbar Spinal Fusion

It’s hoped this study raises awareness in the spine community about disparities in care and starts a conversation that includes implicit bias training to identify and combat disparities.

Impact of Preoperative Fibrinogen Testing on Blood Loss in Adult Spinal Deformity Surgery

During large procedures, as bleeding continues, fibrinogen is one of the first factors consumed, and when depleted, excessive bleeding may occur.

Best Practice Guidelines for Chiropractic Care of Neck Pain and Whiplash Disorders

Recommendations for neck pain and whiplash disorders help close knowledge gaps on modalities lacking scientific. Peer commentary addresses chiropractic management of myelopathy from cervical stenosis and radiculopathy.

Neural Progenitor Cell Transplantation in Spinal Cord Injury

Michael G. Fehlings, MD, explains this research aimed to optimize neural progenitor cell transplantation in SCI and translational medicine as a driver for new spinal cord injury interventions.

How Can We Fix the US Health Care Problem?

Lali Sekhon, MD, delineates the scope of the health care problem, identifies key players, tactics used to inflate health care costs, and potential solutions.

Preventing Glucocorticoid-Induced Vertebral Fractures

Case study reviews the mechanisms behind glucocorticoid-induced vertebral fractures as well as current recommendations for prevention and treatment.

Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis Bracing Failure Risk Factors

Study data on adolescent idiopathic scoliosis risk factors for brace treatment failure and curve progression can assist in patient counseling and treatment decision-making.

Modified SHILLA Technique for Scoliosis Remodulates the Apex Vertebra

Study findings of a modified SHILLA procedure to treat scoliosis demonstrated that active remodulation of the apex vertebra may reduce potential for loss of correction over time.

Scoliosis Specific Exercise and Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis

In adolescents with idiopathic scoliosis, the goal of scoliosis specific exercise (SSE) treatment is prevention or reduction of curve progression, respiratory dysfunction, spinal pain, and improved appearance through postural correction.

Spine Fellowships Should Include Boot Camps and Simulations in Training

Surgical specialty training boot camps were identified as one of the best strategies to maximize opportunities in spine surgery fellowships.

Minimally Invasive Decompression Lowers Reoperation Rates

The study questions one of the long-held beliefs of many spine surgeons: When patients need surgery for lumbar spinal stenosis and spondylolisthesis, they will benefit most of a decompression and fusion procedure.

6 Spine Societies Highlighted during Spine Summit 2015: AOSpine, ACSR, CSRS, ISASS, SRS, SMISS

Prestigious leaders in the spine field summarized the history of the six international spine societies represented at One Spine, One World.

Risks Associated with Opioids after Spine Surgery

David W. Polly, Jr., MD presented Opioid-related Adverse Events with Lumbar Spine Surgery: Is the Risk Real? during the 31st Annual Meeting of the Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves—Spine Summit 2015.

Bracing Plus Exercise to Promote Bone Mineral Growth Is Key to Managing Scoliosis in Adolescents

While brace treatment has been shown to slow down curve progression in adolescents with idiopathic scoliosis, physical activity—particularly in the form of weight-bearing activities—should also be prescribed to prevent bone mineral loss and promote bone mineral gain.

Race Impacts Severity of Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis and Likelihood of Surgery

"Hopefully, the findings of this study and other related investigations will lead to a better understanding among healthcare providers, in this case, scoliosis specialists".

MRI Equipment, Protocols, and Radiologists’ Expertise May Create Variability in Imaging Quality

An examination of the variability in quality of magnetic resonance imaging (MRIs) in the diagnosis of spine disorders.

Two-fold Increased Risk for Unsatisfactory Spine Surgery Outcome Found in Workers’ Compensation Patients

Patients with workers’ compensation have a 2-fold increased risk of an unsatisfactory outcome compared to patients without workers’ compensation after spine surgery.

Few Differences in Complication Rates Found Among Various Lumbar Microdiscectomy Techniques

A meta-analysis of complication rates from lumbar open microdiscectomy, microendoscopic discectomy (MED), and percutaneous microdiscectomy show few differences between the various techniques.

Multifactorial Predictors of Work Status in Patients With Low Back Pain Identified

Simple questions that address the impact of an individual’s low back pain on home, play, and work life are critical to determining what is most important to the patient.

Riluzole May Protect Against Ischemia Reperfusion Injury During Spinal Decompression Surgery

Addition of the sodium glutamate antagonist riluzole when decompression surgery is undertaken results in better long-term improvements in forelimb function in cervical spondylotic myelopathy animal models than surgery alone.

Mobilization, Manipulation, and Clinical Massage Are Effective Treatments for Neck Pain

This study is an update on the landmark review performed in 2008 by the Bone and Joint Decade Task Force on Neck Pain and its Associated Disorders.

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.

Findings Point to Possible Major Therapeutic Intervention for Chronic Spinal Cord Injuries Via Stem Cell Injections

Injection of human neural stem cells distally, but not locally, to the site of chronic spinal cord injury lead to significant functional recovery in a rat model, researchers reported in the June issue of The Spine Journal.

Seven-Year cTDR Outcomes with Mobi-C® Shows Superior Efficacy to ACDF

7-year clinical results of cervical total disc replacement compared with anterior discectomy and fusion for treatment of two-level symptomatic degenerative disc disease.

Modified Frailty Index Score Helps Stratify High-Surgical Risk Patients Undergoing ALIF

High score on a modified Frailty Index was an independent predictor of any complication and pulmonary complication in patients undergoing anterior lumbar interbody fusion.

Chêneau Brace Prevents Curve Progression and Improves Sagittal Parameters in Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis

Long-term use of the Chêneau brace in the treatment of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis may be associated with significant improvements in kyphosis, lordosis...

ActivL Total Disc Replacement Device Found Noninferior to Conventional Devices

The activL total disc replacement device demonstrated noninferiority in overall trial success compared to conventional TDR devices in a prospective, multicenter, randomized, investigational device exemption trial.

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