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Spine Features & News

No Saline?!

Source: Wikimedia Commons and Liesl Marelli

No Saline?! Saline bags are so ubiquitous we don’t think twice about them, until they’re gone. Since 2014 there’s been a shortage. In late 2017 it got much worse. Healthcare providers are raising hell. The FDA is worried. What happened?


New Spine Study: When Images Don’t Match Symptoms; New Tobramycin Study; Machine Learning Transforms Meniscal Imaging

Cervical Spine MRI / Source: Wikimedia Commons and Nevit Dilmen

Major new spine study specifies what to do when radiographic images don’t match clinical symptoms. Researchers from the Spine Hospital at New York Presbyterian document that tobramycin eradicates Escherichia coli (E. Coli) in a rabbit model. New study incorporated advanced machine learning finds that it transforms meniscal imaging and diagnosis.


No Heroes in Pain Management

Source: Wikimedia Commons and Kavei

Innovation in pain management is an exciting and rapidly developing technology sector. A couple new approaches for easing chronic pain crossed our desk recently. They both hold real promise. And they both indicate that our traditional pain management approaches are way off the mark.

Missing Spondy/Pelvic Floor Muscle Link; $6 Million for Bone Infection Research; OrthoCarolina Adds 40th Location

(L to R) X-ray of the lateral lumbar spine with a spondylolisthesis L5-S1 and the muscles of the pelvic floor. / Source: Wikimedia Commons, Lucien Monfils, and OpenStax

Are hysterectomies the missing link for degenerative spondy? Telephus Medical has received a $6 million NIH grant for translational research on bone infection. And OrthoCarolina continues to expand, now adding its 40th location.