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Tuesday, 21 November 2017  

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CSRS annual meeting

Top stories


Study of astronauts reveals new clues for low back pain mechanisms

New research presented at NASS 2017 into astronauts returning from six months aboard the International Space Station is likely to have implications on Earth for the role of muscular stability in chronic low back pain and disc injuries.

Scoliosis in a 15-year-old

Researchers narrow in on genetic causes of scoliosis

Resarch has shed light on the genetic factors at play in the risk and progression of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS). The studies suggest that AIS is heavily influenced by genetics, and more recent work has identified a number of factors likely involved in its incidence and progression.



Joshua Abrams

The importance of learning “the business of medicine”

The rapidly changing healthcare environment poses a substantial amount of challenges. In the USA, this environment has shifted from surgeon preference and surgeon-driven expenditures to hospital mandates and, by extension, government-run insurance policies, as a vehicle for establishing a standard of care, writes Joshua Abrams.

Product News

Non-opioid alternatives

Non-opioid alternative for chronic pain approved in Europe

A European CE mark has been received by Medtronic for its neurostimulation platform Intellis for spinal cord stimulation and peripheral nerve stimulation in the treatment of chronic pain.

Stim onTrack

Stim onTrack mobile app wins 2017 Spine Technology Award

Stim onTrack, an app from Orthofix International designed to help patients comply with bone growth stimulation therapy, has been announced as the winner of the 2017 Spine Technology Award.


Australian surgeries mark first use of Titan Spine’s Endoskeleton interbody

Two ALIF procedures were undertaken at Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane, Australia. Richard Laherty performed the procedures “successfully” in October, the company says.



29 Nov–1 Dec
British Scoliosis Society
Birmingham, UK

9 December
Spinal Navigation Emerging Technologies & Systems Integration Course
Seattle, USA


30 Nov–2 Dec
DWG: 12th German Spine Congress 

Stuttgart, Germany

11–13 Dec
AOSpine Davos Courses

Davos, Switzerland


30 Nov–2 Dec
CSRS Annual Meeting
Hollywood, FL, USA


17–19 Dec
1st Saudi Spine Society Annual Meeting

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

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