Research and Clinical Trials Blog Posts

3 Totally Unexpected Results from a Fusion Poll

A poll we recently ran asking our readers about their preference for which type of implant material was used in their spine fusion yielded some interesting results.

Chronic Pain on the Brain: Mapping Pain with MRIs

People who live with chronic pain can feel frustrated because there is no way to scientifically quantify their pain responses. However, a recent analysis of MRI scans of people in chronic pain show that there may be a way to map pain in the brain.

What Are Cages and Why Is Your Surgeon Putting One in Your Spine?

Though you don't have to know as much as a spine surgeon, it is important to understand the type of spine surgery you are signing up for, and what types of implants will become a permanent part of your body during a fusion surgery.

Are Stem Cells a Viable Treatment for Lower Back Pain?

While stem cell treatment for lower back pain (such as that which is caused by degenerative disc disease) may sound promising, it still requires a lot of additional study.

Study Finds 20% of Spine Fusion Patients Develop PTSD

A recent study published in the journal Spine and conducted by the Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) determined that one in five spine surgery patients develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after having a low back fusion surgery.

Ask the Expert: Choosing a Spinal Implant for Spine Fusion Surgery

Spine surgeon, Dr. Colle, discusses the benefits of choosing titanium implants to promote better spine fusions.

Is Surgery is Quickest Path to Sciatica Relief?

Researchers compared surgical and non-surgical treatments for severe sciatica pain in a group of 238 people. They found that surgery may be the quickest way to achieve sciatica relief.

How and When to Get a Second Opinion Before Spine Surgery

It is often said that no one should have spine surgery unless they receive a second opinion from another surgeon. On the surface, this advice would sound like good old common sense, as two opinions are better than one. However, there is a trap in this line of thinking.

Move More, Sleep Better and Longer

Research presented at the 22nd Annual Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies (APSS) shows that “an acute session of moderate aerobic exercise” can improve the amount and quality of sleep for people with insomnia (without resorting to pharmaceutical sleep-aids).

World Spine Care Offers Hope in Underdeveloped Nations: Part 3

Farmer in Botswana
Now that the clinicians in the pilot clinic have learned how to treat spinal disorders in underserved communities, they are ready to add more clinics around the world.