When Spinal Fusion Fails: What's Next?

Surgical fusion of the spine for degenerative disease is becoming a popular way to treat this problem. And that's because surgeons now have at their disposal better ways to perform the surgery and improved hardware such as pedicle screws and locking plates to hold the bones together. Even so, there is a major concern about the number of failed spinal fusions requiring revision (a second) surgery.

Off-Label Use of Bone Substitute Causes Serious Problems

Have you ever heard the expression What's good for the goose is good for the gander?

TLIF Popular Spinal Fusion Technique Has Some Major Problems

In this study, spinal surgeons from The Rothman Institute at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia take a look at the transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF) technique for spinal fusion. They focus on its safety, effectiveness, and compare complications using two different grafting techniques.

What Happens to People with Cervical Myelopathy?

The natural history of cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM) is the topic of this article. Natural history refers to what happens to a person with this type of problem as time goes by. Do they get better, worse, or stay the same?

Validity of the Flip Test as a Sign of Nerve Root Tension

Generations of orthopedic surgeons, physical therapists, and sports specialists have used the flip test (also known as the sitting straight leg raise) to confirm sciatic nerve root compression. The technique has been presented in texts books, articles, and other publications for the past 50 years.

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