5 important spine and orthopedic studies from the first half of 2022


From hip replacements improving stability and recovery time to sports physicians working in different fields, here are the latest spine and orthopedic studies making headlines: 

1. A study published by Ann Arbor-based Michigan Medicine discovered that children and teenagers can be prescribed fewer opioids following spine operations. Twenty-three percent of patients who did not receive information about opioid addictiveness asked for refills, while only 6 percent of patients who received information asked for refills. 

2. A study published in the Journal of Neurosurgery found that in a study of 90 patients, using bioactive interbody devices in lumbar fusions has a high rate of effectiveness and uses less materials, decreasing patients' economic burden. 

3. A study published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery found that out of 3,298 board applicants, about 40 percent of early-career sports physicians begin by performing surgeries outside of their specialties. 

4. A study from Hip Innovation Technology found that for 22 patients, novel reverse hip implants show promise in improving hip stability after replacement surgery. 

5. A study published in Clinical Orthopedics and Related Research found that of 400 sampled hospitals, only around 32 percent disclosed all pricing information for joint replacements on their websites. Twenty-one percent shared all pricing information for knee replacements, while 18 percent shared information for hip replacements. 

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