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Minimally invasive treatment provides relief from back pain

The majority of patients were pain free after receiving a new image-guided pulsed radiofrequency treatment for low back pain and sciatica, according to a new study.

Source: Science Daily

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All you need to know about levoscoliosis

Levoscoliosis is a form of scoliosis where the spine abnormally twists or curves to the left, sometimes making a ‘C’ shape.

Source: Medical News Today

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What is dextroscoliosis?

Dextroscoliosis refers to an abnormal, right-leaning curvature of the spine. It is a type of scoliosis.

Source: Medical News Today

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Durotomy: A common complication of spinal surgery and an important factor in some malpractice cases

Incidental durotomy small tears of the outer membrane of the spinal cord are a common occurrence in spinal surgery, and may lead to litigation. Most malpractice cases associated with dural tear end in a ruling in favor of the surgeon, reports a study in the journal Spine.

Source: Medical xpress

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Obese patients at greater risk for infection after adolescent idiopathic scoliosis correction

Patients who underwent posterior spinal fusion for the correction of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis and were obese had a greater risk for postoperative infection, according to results published in The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery.

Source: Healio

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Yoga in the workplace can reduce back pain and sickness absence

Back pain is the single leading cause of disability in the world. In the US, four out of every five people experience back pain at some point in their life. In the UK, back pain is one of the most common reasons for visits to the doctor, and missed work. In fact, absence from work due to back problems costs British employers more than 3 billion every year.

Source: Medical xpress

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Bouts of intense exercise do not exacerbate sacroiliac joint inflammation

An MRI screening of the sacroiliac joints showed that a large proportion of healthy, active individuals who lack any back-pain symptoms nonetheless have bone marrow edema lesions, according to data published in Rheumatology. However, such lesions did not grow significantly after 6 weeks of intensive physical training.

Source: Healio

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Sensor-enhanced surgical robot enables highly precise and safe spinal operations

Researchers from the University of Bern, Inselspital, Bern University Hospital and the Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology develop a high-precision, sensor-based surgical robot for spinal operations together with industry partners.

Source: Medical xpress

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No significant change seen in obesity status after TLIF despite clinical improvements

Although investigators found improvements for function and pain, they discovered no significant change in weight after obese patients underwent transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion.

Source: Healio

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Depression linked with worse subjective outcomes after epidural steroid injection for spinal pathology

Investigators found that after lumbar epidural steroid injection for degenerative spine disease, patients with depression had worse absolute scores for patient-reported outcomes and higher disability compared with patients who were not depressed.

Source: Healio

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