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Dr. Sandy Christiansen practices at the Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Oregon, where she is an assistant professor. Here, she discusses currently existing issues with treatments for spine pain and spine surgery.

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Sponsored by Republican and Democratic Senators alike, the Chiropractic Medicare Coverage Modernization Act “would allow Medicare beneficiaries access to the chiropractic profession’s broad-based, non-drug approach to pain management, which includes manual manipulation of the spine and extremities...

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The journal Spinal Cord has published an article titled “Psychological morbidity following spinal cord injury and among those without spinal cord injury: the impact of chronic centralized and neuropathic pain.” Researchers compared psychological morbidities—such as mood disorders, sleep problems...

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Do you have a patient with degenerative disc disease? The statistics say that YES you probably do: 40% of people over age 40 and 80% of people over age 80 experience degenerative disc disease. But does that make them good candidates for a cervical implant? Surgeons rely on imaging studies to help...

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Is greater pain reduction found with a closed-loop spinal cord stimulator (SCS) vs fixed-output, open-loop SCS system? Worldwise, 7.5% of people have low back pain, some including leg pain. JAMA Neurology reports findings from a study of participants with chronic, intractable back and leg pain for...

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The Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research reports the potential benefits of combination therapy after posterior spinal fusion for idiopathic scoliosis in adolescents. While it is known that pain scores, postop opioid usage, and needed physical therapy are reduced through the use of gabapentin...

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A summary of a study that appeared in the journal of Pain Management examines the positives of epidural steroid injections before a patient undergoes the mild®Procedure, or minimally invasive lumbar decompression. The study compared results in patients who received no or 1 injection vs those who...

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In an effort to uncover therapies that will modify diseases, researchers sought a better understanding of precipitating molecular events. Reporting their findings in the journal of Science Advances, the scientists found that immobilizing N-acylethanolamine acid amidase (NAAA) at a specific time...

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For people with an injured spinal cord, numbness, pain, and paralysis may occur due to brain/body damaged communication lines. Researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have given mice fenofibrate, a cholesterol lowering medication. The drug helps heal the central...

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The journal of Minimally Invasive Surgery published an article in which the researchers systematically reviewed the literature to evaluate the effectiveness of spinal cord stimulation (SCS) in multiple sclerosis (MS) patients. 373 MS patients were found after a review of 452 articles and 7 studies...

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