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spineuniverse.com April 22, 2009
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Surgeon Education and Research:
How mighty is the medical company dollar?

Win an iPod NanoMedical companies fund billions of dollars in biomedical research, but there are concerns that their financial interest may compromise research findings.

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Spondylolisthesis Surgery for Children
Will surgery improve your child’s posture and walk?
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Question:
My fourteen-year-old daughter was just diagnosed with grade 4 spondylolisthesis and needs surgery to fuse her spine. After surgery, will her walk and posture improve?
—Valencia, CA

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Answer:
Before I discuss what your daughter should expect after surgery, it’s important to have a basic understanding of her condition. Spondylolisthesis refers to a forward slippage of one vertebra on the vertebra below.   The most common types of spondylolisthesis that present in childhood typically occur…

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Christopher R. Good, MD This Week's Expert
Christopher R. Good, MD
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Virgina Spine Institute
Reston, VA
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The Biggest Strength Training Mistake

The Biggest Strength Training Mistake

Strength training is essential to having a healthy back. Whether you’ve been lifting weights for years or are brand new to the barbell, this article highlights the top mistake that will keep you from getting the most benefit from your strength workouts.

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