In the Journals

ACA may have helped mitigate opioid epidemic

January 10, 2020
The Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act was linked to a reduction in opioid overdose deaths, study findings in JAMA Network Open show. …

In the Journals

Greater back, leg pain relief seen with closed-loop spinal cord stimulation

January 8, 2020
According to study results, evoked compound action potential-controlled closed-loop spinal cord stimulation compared with fixed-output, open-loop…

Feature

Kratom’s risk obscured by ‘soft data’

January 6, 2020
The FDA has repeatedly stated that kratom is dangerous, saying it can lead addiction and in some cases, death. However, some experts continue to…

From OT Europe

Diverse treatment options in pediatric scoliosis features EFORT 2020 Congress main theme

Orthopaedics Today Europe, January 2020
For the upcoming Congress in Vienna, the main theme of harmonization and diversity allows EFORT to actively promote its mission of improving patient…

Review Article

Hip-Spine Syndrome: The Diagnostic Utility of Guided Intra-articular Hip Injections

Orthopedics
Online Advanced Release, December 31, 2019
Overlapping symptoms between hip and lumbar spine pathologies complicate diagnoses and treatments. The purpose of this study was to determine the…

In the Journals

Automotive plant closures linked to 85% increase in opioid overdose mortality

December 30, 2019
Opioid overdose mortality rates among working-age adults increased 85% in manufacturing counties in the 5 years after an automotive assembly plant…

Feature

Most older adults’ back pain remains unchanged after 5 years

December 27, 2019
A recent survey found that 57% older adults said their back pain had not improved in the 5 years after initially presenting to their general…

In the Journals

Hospital costs increase as more instruments are used for degenerative spondylolisthesis

December 20, 2019
A recently published study found when more instruments were used in single-level fusions, costs to hospitals and insurance companies increased…

Cover Story

Work out robotics value equation before adoption

Orthopedics Today, December 2019
Adoption of robotic systems by orthopedic surgeons has been slow and limited due to lack of improved efficiencies, the requirement of significant…

Point/Counter

Do the outcomes of orthopedic surgery performed with robotics outweigh the costs?

Orthopedics Today, December 2019
There are two areas in orthopedic surgery where robotics has been employed successfully: joint arthroplasty and pedicle screw instrumentation in…

DePuy Synthes launches new cervical spine system

November 22, 2019
DePuy Synthes, a Johnson & Johnson Medical Device Company, announced the launch of its Symphony Occipito-Cervico-Thoracic System for patients…

Feature

Physicians tapering patients off opioids can turn to HHS guide

November 20, 2019
A recent study suggests that less than a quarter of patients on chronic opioid therapy for noncancer pain are tapered off opioids, and another study…

Meeting News

Infection prevention measures reduced surgical site infections after spinal fusion

November 19, 2019
NEW ORLEANS — Results presented at the AAP National Conference & Exhibition showed use of intrawound vancomycin powder and betadine…

FDA advisory committee: More data, consistent testing needed for metal-containing implants

November 18, 2019
The Immunology Devices Panel of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee recently met to provide advice and recommendations to the FDA about…

Point/Counter

How do you address patients’ questions on use of CBD oil for treatment of musculoskeletal pain?

Orthopedics Today, November 2019
CBD is one of the most recognized, and certainly one of the most heavily marketed, cannabinoids or cannabis-derived compounds. It is…

Cover Story

Physicians explore cannabinoids as pain management solution

Orthopedics Today, November 2019
In 2018, WHO reported musculoskeletal conditions accounted for a greater proportion of persistent pain, with more than 150 diagnoses that affect the…

In the Journals

Short sleep may worsen bone health for women

November 11, 2019
Postmenopausal women who report sleeping less than 5 hours per night are more likely to develop low bone mineral density at all major sites and are…

Meeting News

High incidence of non-thoracolumbar orthopedic events found with symptomatic lumbar scoliosis

November 3, 2019
CHICAGO — Patients with adult symptomatic lumbar scoliosis experienced a high non-thoracolumbar orthopedic disease burden requiring surgery…

Feature

Money from opioid lawsuit settlements ‘will never be enough’ to manage crisis

October 30, 2019
Recently, two Ohio counties settled with opioid distributors AmerisourceBergen, Cardinal Health and McKesson for $215 million in cash just hours…

In the Journals

Spinal chondrosarcoma resection may lead to complications, reoperations

October 30, 2019
According to recently published results, spinal chondrosarcoma impacts quality of life and function. In addition, researchers found that after…