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spinemonitor: Neck & Back Pain eNewsletter from April 23, 2008
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In this edition of spinemonitor, cervical radiculopathy is presented by Richard G. Fessler, MD, PhD. Is it a classic case? You decide, then select your treatment preference and see the voting outcomes. Todd Albert, MD and Gerard J. Girasole, MD discuss the case.

Featured Case Study
Cervical Radiculopathy: Classic Case?
Photo: Richard G. Fessler, MD, PhD Case Author:
Richard G. Fessler, MD, PhD
Professor of Neurological Surgery
Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine
Chicago, IL
The patient is a 45-year-old male. He has a 3-month history of left neck, shoulder, and arm pain. His pain radiates through his...

Physical Examination:
The patient's neurological examination revealed 4/5 strength in the left bicep, decreased bicep reflex on the left, and...

Prior Treatment:
The patient tried narcotic analgesics, massage, physical therapy, and chiropractic care. These nonsurgical treatments...

Herniated disc at C5-C6...Read Complete Case, Vote for Treatment, and View Outcome

Competitive Equestrienne: Incapacitating Low Back Pain

Fig. 2 - Sagittal MRI.
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How Would You Treat this Patient?
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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.
Competitive Equestrienne: Incapacitating Low Back Pain
By: Richard G. Fessler, MD, PhD

Discitis and Osteomyelitis in a 63-Year-old Male
By: Choll W. Kim, MD, PhD

Burst Fracture in a 79-Year-old: How would you treat?
By: Jason M. Highsmith, MD

Cervical Degenerative Disc Disease: 34-Year-old Male
By: Michael G. Kaiser, MD

16-Year-old with Grade 3 Spondylolisthesis
By: Timothy R. Kuklo, MD, JD

View All Case Studies

Featured CME Event
3rd Annual Meeting of Controversies in Contemporary Spine Surgery

Controversies in Contemporary Spine Surgery

May 16-17, 2008
JW Marriott Hotel, Washington, DC


Alexander Vaccaro, MD
Professor of Orthopaedics and Neurosurgery
Thomas Jefferson University | Rothman Institute

The Controversies in Contemporary Spine Surgery symposium, and continuing medical education opportunity, provides neurosurgeons and orthopaedic surgeons with current information about spinal disorders, including evaluation of complex spinal disc replacement choices and debates on current technological advances.
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  • Outline the benefits and potential pitfalls of spinal motion sparing technology.
  • Discuss fusionless intervention in the setting of progressive scoliosis.
  • Describe contemporary translational research efforts in disc and spinal cord regeneration.
  • Explore polymers as replacements for metallic instrumentation in degenerative spinal disease.
  • Investigate the role of intraoperative CT and image-guided surgery.
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