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spinemonitor: Neck & Back Pain eNewsletter from February 13, 2008
This edition of spinemonitor features an interesting trauma case presented by neurosurgeon Lali Sekhon, MD with commentary from Isador H. Lieberman, MD.  For nurses and allied health professionals, we feature the new CNE program, Scoliosis and Spinal Deformity: Diagnosis to Treatment.
New Case Study
L1 Burst Fracture: Bracing or Surgery?
Lali Sekhon, MD, PhD, FRACS, FICS Case Author:
Lali Sekhon, MD, PhD, FRACS, FICS
Reno, NV
The patient is a 55-year-old male who was the rider in an ATV accident.  He presented to the emergency room with severe lumbar pain, but no lower extremity symptoms. 

Physical Examination:
He has type 2 diabetes mellitus.  He weighs 130 kilograms (286 pounds).  Neurologically, the patient is intact with no point tenderness in the lumbar spine.

The patient’s initial lateral and axial CT scans are presented. Of note is a burst fracture of L1 with loss of height by 50% but no kyphosis. There is a little canal compromise by the retropulsed fragment. The posterior elements look intact.

L1 burst fracture...Read Complete Case and View Outcome

L1 Burst Fracture: Bracing or Surgery

Fig. 3C: The patient's initial lateral MR image
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Past Spine Cases:
Below is a listing of previous spine case studies. Feel free to browse and vote for treatment options for each case.
Adolescent Disc Herniation: Conservative or Surgical Treatment?
By: Reginald Q. Knight, MD

Severe Low Back Pain in a 90-Year Old Male
By: Steven Richeimer, MD

Adjacent Segment Degeneration after Previous Decompression and Fusion
By: David W. Polly, Jr., MD

Degenerative Disc Disease
By: David W. Polly, Jr., MD

Cervical Pseudoarthrosis and Adjacent Level Disease
By: Jason M. Highsmith, MD

Adult Onset Scoliosis
By: Amir A. Mehbod, MD

Spinal Stenosis – Unresponsive to Nonoperative Treatment
By: Jason M. Highsmith, MD
New Survey Announcement
Spine Center of Excellence (COE) Survey™
Your Participation Advances Spine Patient Care

NeuStrategy, and SpineMark are co-sponsoring the Spine COE Survey™ to provide a “state-of-the-industry” viewpoint; an analysis which includes core components of medical and surgical spine programs.  Your customized Spine COE Survey results will allow you to understand how your services compare to others across the country.

The results will also provide an accounting of spine centers across the nation and uncover spine care program trends. Your personal information will not be disclosed and your answers will remain anonymous.

Survey results will be available for distribution in late spring 2008.  For your participation, you will receive a complimentary Executive Edition Spine COE Survey White Paper and Report Card.

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Featured Online CNE Program
Scoliosis and Spinal Deformity: Diagnosis to Treatment
Receive 1.0 Contact Hour Upon Completion

This online continuing education program is designed to provide nurses and allied health professionals with a comprehensive overview of scoliosis and spinal deformity from "A-Z." The program, which should take approximately one-hour to complete, covers: Spinal anatomy, scoliosis in children and adults, radiographic and other imaging, curve measurement and classification, nonsurgical and surgical treatment, and postoperative care.

Upon completion of this program, participants should be able to:

  • Discuss basic spinal anatomy and its relationship to scoliosis
  • Provide information about different types of scoliosis and possible causes
  • Explain key diagnostic tests and methods related to curve assessment
  • Identify nonoperative and age-specific treatment and goals
  • Describe the history and advances of scoliosis surgery, including current approaches and procedures
  • Summarize pre-operative imaging, tests and surgical risks
  • Improve postoperative care of scoliosis patients

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Featured Event
The Scoliosis Research Society Presents:
15th International Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques

July 8-11, 2008
The Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center
Hong Kong

Lawrence G. Lenke, MD

The IMAST meeting gathers leading spine surgeons, innovative research, and the most advanced spine technologies in an international forum.  Conference highlights include “East vs. West” debates, motion-sparing devices, nucleus replacements, biologics and other spine technology updates.  Advances in the treatment of scoliosis, trauma, tumors, and degenerative diseases, as well as “Spine Fundamentals” sessions with hands-on opportunities.

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