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Lower age, higher education among predictors of better unilateral lumbar radiculopathy outcomes

March 4, 2015

Patients with higher education, lower age, full-time working status and lower fear-avoidance beliefs typically had better outcomes following caudal epidural injections for chronic unilateral lumbar radiculopathy, according to recently published study data.

A total of 116 patients with chronic unilateral lumbar radiculopathy were included in the sham-controlled clinical trial on epidural injection of glucocorticoids. The researchers used the Oswestry Disability Index (ODI) and the VAS score for low back pain and leg pain as outcome measures, defining success at follow-up as a score of 17.5 or lower for VAS leg pain, 22.5 or lower for VAS back pain and 20 or lower for Oswestry Disability Index (ODI). They also used logistic multivariable regression analysis to evaluate 15 clinically relevant variables, including demographic, psychosocial, clinical and radiological data.

DISC and Matsuda partner to launch Hip Arthroscopy Center of Excellence

DISC and Matsuda partner to launch Hip Arthroscopy Center of Excellence

March 4, 2015
DISC Sports & Spine Center recently announced a partnership with Dean K. Matsuda, MD, to launch the group’s new Hip Arthroscopy Center of…
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Use of TXA during spinal surgery reduces blood loss, transfusion rates

March 4, 2015
Researchers found using tranexamic acid during spinal surgery effectively reduced blood loss, the volume of blood transfused, the overall rate of transfusions and the…

CMS releases 2015 Quality Measures Report

March 3, 2015
CMS released the 2015 National Impact Assessment of Quality Measures Report, demonstrating that the nation has made significant progress in improving the health care…
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Preparing for ICD-10 implementation

March 3, 2015
KOLOA, Hawaii — At Orthopedics Today Hawaii 2015, Damian Novak, BS, MBA, discusses how orthopedic surgeons can begin preparing for the implementation of the ICD-10…
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CME Review Article

Bundled Payments in Orthopedic Surgery

Orthopedics, February 2015, Volume 38 Issue 2
Educational ObjectivesAs a result of reading this article, physicians should be able to:
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Salvage of Failed THA With Proximal Femoral Replacement: October 2014

Salvage of Failed THA With Proximal Femoral Replacement: October 2014

Abstract
Despite recent advances in device manufacturing and surgical techniques, the management of proximal femoral…
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Steinmann talks studies of interest from ASSH

February 23, 2015
BOSTON — Scott P. Steinmann, MD, discusses the findings and clinical relevance to orthopedic surgeons of multiple…
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