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spinemonitor: Neck & Back Pain eNewsletter from SpineUniverse.com
spineuniverse.com/professional April 9, 2008

In this edition of spinemonitor, we highlight Richard G. Fessler, MD, PhD’s case of a competitive equestrienne with incapacitating low back pain. Jeffrey Wang, MD provides case commentary, including his treatment recommendation.

Featured Case Study
Competitive Equestrienne: Incapacitating Low Back Pain
Photo: Richard G. Fessler, MD, PhD Case Author:
Richard G. Fessler, MD, PhD
Professor of Neurological Surgery
Northwestern University
Chicago, IL
History:
The patient is 32-year-old healthy female who is a competitive equestrienne. She presented with a 2-year history of incapacitating low back pain, inhibiting...

Physical Examination:
Physical and neurological examinations were…

Prior Treatment:
The patient tried several conservative treatments, including physical therapy, chiropractic care, analgesics (narcotics and muscle relaxants), and epidural steroid injections. In addition, she tried…

Diagnosis:
Grade 1 spondylolisthesis at L4-L5 with L4 spondylolysis...Read Complete Case, Vote for Treatment, and View Outcome

Competitive Equestrienne: Incapacitating Low Back Pain

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Grade 1 spondylolisthesis
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The Scoliosis Research Society Presents:
15th International Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques

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