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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.


AAOS’ OrthoInfo Website Upgraded; Spine Complications Drop 36%; Waterless Hand Scrub Equal to Traditional Methods?

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AAOS has launched a better organized, souped up version of Review article finds that lean processes reduced spine surgery complications by 36%. And researchers in Japan find that waterless hand scrubbing is equal to traditional methods in terms of surgical site infection prevention.


Ten Best New Spine Technologies for 2017

Radiation-free imaging, novel amniotic tissue forms, breakthrough computer modeling, high tech rehab walkers, facet joint technologies and re-imagining pedicle screws. These are among the Best Spine Technologies for 2017. Two highly innovative companies are repeat winners—7D and Mighty Oak. The Best Spine Technologies for 2017!


20 Years, 10,000 Children: Medical Ministries Compassion in Action and Rewards Beyond Measure

Doreen upon arrival in Sioux City, Iowa. / Courtesy of STEMM

When Steve Meyer, M.D. decided not to commit suicide in 1995 he had no idea the extraordinary life he would give to others. After 45 trips to Tanzania, Dr. Meyer and his wife have sent 10,000 children to school, facilitated surgeries on over 1,000 individuals, and much more.