Orthopedic spine surgeon Kam Raiszadeh, MD, wrote a book titled, "Take Back Control: A Surgeon's Guide to Healing Your Spine Without Medications or Surgery," as chronic back pain continues to gain prevalence globally, according to Rancho Santa Fe Review.

2. Dr. Walter Eckman to retire: 5 things to know

Written by Laura Dyrda | Monday, 28 November 2016 16:10
Tupelo, Miss.-based neurosurgeon Walter Eckman, MD, retired after more than 40 years in neurosurgery, according to a Daily Journal report.

3. 4 key notes on placebos in spine clinical trials

Written by Laura Dyrda | Monday, 28 November 2016 16:08
A study published in The Spine Journal examines placebos used during lumbar and pelvic joint thrust manipulation clinical trials.
Michael Roh, MD, and Fred Sweet, MD, of Illinois-based Rockford Spine Center, attended the Scoliosis Research Society Annual Meeting & Course in Prague, Czech Republic.
The Congress of Neurological Surgeons has entered into a partnership with Oxford University Press.

6. Overlooked osteoporosis in TLIF patients: 4 insights

Written by Megan Wood | Wednesday, 23 November 2016 17:32
Researchers investigated the prevalence of undiagnosed osteoporosis in patients receiving transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion, according to Medscape. Spine published the study.
In the last half of the 20th century, patients who needed surgery for two-level cervical disease almost certainly were treated with anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF).
Here are eight things for spinal surgeons to know for Nov. 23, 2016.
Discogenic pain has long been treated in the most aggressive manner, with entire disc removal. This surgery eradicates the disc's function, however, impacting a patient's range of motion and ability to absorb shock.
A new study published in The Spine Journal examined whether the increase in spinal deformity patients age 60 and older was associated with more complications.
Vishad Sukul, MD, joined Albany (N.Y.) Medical Center's neurosurgery department, according to timesunion.
The global spine surgery market is expected to rapidly expand over the next three years, a Market Research Report found, according to medGadget.
A new study published in The Spine Journal examined the oblique lateral interbody fusion, examining whether the technique can overcome challenges with traditional fusion approaches.
Vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty have become increasingly controversial, after several studies appeared to demonstrate that patients treated with these procedures experienced outcomes no better than those who were treated with sham surgery. However, in the push to integrate these findings into clinical practice, some physicians worry the dialogue between how research impacts clinicians, insurers and public perception has lost its nuance.
Up from 12,794 in 2004, 21,393 adults in Pennsylvania received spinal fusions in 2014, based on a state-released study, according to the Post-Gazette. This rise in the number of spinal fusions is drawing concern, however, as the procedures are costly and complicated.

16. Top priorities in 2017 for 19 spine surgeons

Written by Staff | Monday, 21 November 2016 11:14
Nineteen spine surgeons discuss their top priorities for 2017.
Fifteen spine surgeons discuss the most important technological and technique-based innovations in spine care over the last 10 years.
The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City received a Spinal Cord Injury Model System grant from the National Institute of Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research.
Here are five spine surgeons in the headlines for the week of Nov. 18, 2016.
Five spine surgeons weigh in on the qualities that high-performing spine leaders possess.
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