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spinemonitor: Neck & Back Pain eNewsletter from May 27, 2009

This edition of Spinemonitor features a professional water skier with a two year history of predominant low back pain. Paul J. Slosar, Jr., MD presents the case detail and outcome. Richard D. Guyer, MD provides the discussion along with his viewpoint on patient selection.

Featured Case Study
Degenerative Disc Disease at L4-L5 and L5-S1
Photo: Paul J. Slosar, Jr., MD Case Author:
Paul J. Slosar, MD
President, SpineCare Medical Group
San Francisco Spine Institute
San Francisco, CA

This 44-year-old female patient, previously a professional water skier, presents with 80% low back pain and 20% leg pain demonstrating a L5 distribution. Her symptoms have been severe for…

She presents with isolated back pain over the L4-L5 and L5-S1 facet joints. Flexion is 60% of normal. Extension is limited to…

The sagittal MRI (Fig. 1) demonstrates disc desiccation with narrowing at L4-L5 and L5-S1. There is a component of contained disc protrusion…

Read Complete Case, Vote for Treatment, and View Outcome

Disc desiccation with narrowing at L4-L5 and L5-S1

Fig. 1 - Disc desiccation with narrowing at L4-L5 and L5-S1
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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.

Cervical Tumor in a 14-year-old
By Christopher I. Shaffrey, MD

Lumbar Degenerative Disc Disease
By Richard G. Fessler, MD, PhD

Sponsored Technology Case
Novel Treatment of Neck and Arm Pain
By Choll W. Kim, MD, PhD

Progressive Lumbar Deformity in a 57-year-old Female
By Keith Bridwell, MD

Lumbar Degenerative Disc Disease in a Basketball Player
By Richard G. Fessler, MD, PhD

Leg Pain and Sagittal Imbalance
By Keith Bridwell, MD

Flatback following Non-instrumented Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis Surgery
By Frank J. Schwab, MD

Cervical Myelopathy in a Pediatrician
By Gerard J. Girasole, MD

Atlanto-occipital Dislocation after a Crane Accident
By Sharolyn Martin, RN, BSN, CEN

Traumatic Sacral Dislocation
By Christopher I. Shaffrey, MD

Significant Back and Leg Pain in a 70-Year-old Female
By Timothy R. Kuklo, MD, JD

Trans-sacral Fusion of Spondylolisthesis at L5-S1
By Larry T. Khoo, MD

View All Case Studies

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