In the Journals

Most children showed good alignment after atlantoaxial or occipitocervical fusion

February 1, 2016
Researchers of this study found most children who underwent atlantoaxial or occipitocervical fusion procedures do not develop long-term consequences…

In the Journals

Imaging algorithm may provide reliable assessment of accessibility to upper thoracic levels

January 29, 2016
In this recently published cross-sectional observational study, researchers developed an accurate MRI-based algorithm using a combination of scout…

Movers and Shakers

University of Texas at Dallas research fellow wins award from International Spinal Cord Repair group

Spine Surgery Today, March/April 2016
Patrick Ganzer, PhD, a research fellow in the Texas Biomedical Device Center at the University of Texas at Dallas, recently received a best paper…

Movers and Shakers

University of Texas at Dallas research fellow wins award from International Spinal Cord Repair group

January 29, 2016
Patrick Ganzer, PhD, a research fellow in the Texas Biomedical Device Center at the University of Texas at Dallas, recently received a best paper…

In the Journals

Methylene blue shows promise in reducing low back pain after lumbar open discectomy

January 26, 2016
A single dose of methylene blue to coat the dura and surrounding areas can effectively reduce postoperative low back pain and improve function…

In the Journals

Patients with RA may develop vertebral artery occlusion with cervical spine involvement

January 22, 2016
Using dynamic duplex ultrasonography, investigators of this prospective study found 6% of patients with rheumatoid arthritis developed positional…

In the Journals

Fat infiltration of cervical multifidus muscle may lead to postural instability

January 21, 2016
Researchers of this cross-sectional study found patients who have cervical spondylotic radiculopathy and experience fat infiltration within their…

In the Journals

Comparison of two lumbar total disc replacements shows similar outcomes at 5 years

January 20, 2016
Data in this level 1 study that compared two lumbar total disc replacement devices by different manufactures showed patients in both groups…

In the Journals

Evidence of radiographic fusion linked with better clinical results vs nonunion

January 18, 2016
Data in this randomized trial showed the importance of achieving fusion for patients with degenerative disc disease who underwent single-level lumbar…

Perspective

Orthopedic, pediatric, scoliosis societies call for early scoliosis detection

January 14, 2016
Recent high-quality evidence confirming the effectiveness of early screening and appropriate treatment for scoliosis has led to a revised position…

In the Journals

Model using Bauer score, ambulation may predict survival after spine surgery for metastatic disease

January 12, 2016
Researchers of this retrospective multicenter study of patients who underwent surgery for spine metastases found 48% survival at 1 year and that a…

New youth concussion screening technology and data collection to roll out in District of Columbia

January 5, 2016
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Representatives from the Children’s National Health System and MedStar Sports Medicine recently announced new…

In the Journals

Mechanism for worsening of spinal sagittal alignment with age differs between sexes

December 28, 2015
Compared with women, elderly men had significantly worse sagittal parameters of the cervical spine and had a greater prevalence of cervical…

In the Journals

3-D likely better than traditional imaging for noting ossification of the PLL

December 23, 2015
The 3-D technique of measuring ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament has several advantages over traditional radiography in terms of…

In the Journals

Two-level cement augmentation may decrease the rate of acute proximal junctional fractures

December 22, 2015
Researchers evaluated potential methods to prevent acute proximal junction fractures in patients with adult spinal deformity and found use of…

In the Journals

Facet joint degeneration linked with lumbosacral pelvic morphology

December 22, 2015
Results of a recently published cross-sectional study showed a correlation between the presence and degree of degeneration in the facet joint and…

In the Journals

Biomechanical study indicates efficacy of short segment fixation for burst fractures

December 18, 2015
Researchers who used bovine spine constructs to compare single-segment posterior instrumentation and fracture-level screws with single/multilevel…

In the Journals

Spinal cord rotation may be indicator of postoperative C5 palsy

December 9, 2015
Spinal cord rotation greater than 6° seen preoperatively on MRI may be a strong indicator that the patient will develop a postoperative C5 palsy…

Meeting News Coverage

Key to improving low back pain is likely ability to measure it

November 12, 2015
PHILADELPHIA — The best way to find an effective treatment for low back pain is to find an effective and accurate method to measure low back…

In the Journals

Laser interstitial thermotherapy may be a substitute for surgery in treating spinal metastasis

November 10, 2015
Early evidence shows spinal laser interstitial thermotherapy can provide local control, low mortality and improved outcomes in patients with a spinal…