Spinal Surgery News update December 2019

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News update December 2019

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Screening for cervical spine risk factors could reduce CT scans by half


Screening children suffering from blunt trauma for CSI risk factors could cut unnecessary CT scans and radiation exposure by half, a prospective study of more than 4,000 children found.

Researchers explore spinal discs'
early response to injury and ways to improve it


The Penn Medicine-led team discovered that cells in the outer region of spinal discs become stressed and kick off a subpar healing process after injuries.

Many women unaware that sacroiliac joint issues are the leading cause of lower back pain after pregnancy


A survey found that 86 per cent of women respondents are unaware that sacroiliac joint dysfunction is a leading cause of chronic lower back pain for women over 35 who have been pregnant.

Regenerative medicine technology targets cause of low back pain


A research team at The Ohio State University are addressing an underlying cause of the pain in intervertebral disc degeneration, investigating novel minimally invasive and non-addictive therapies for low back pain.


Anatomy and surgical exposure in orthopaedics course; 23-24 January 2020; Oswestry


The two-day course is primarily aimed as preparation for FRCS (Tr&Orth) examinations and is appropriate for all levels of orthopaedic trainees from ST3.

BASS cadaveric spinal surgery workshop 2020; 24 January 2020, Keele


The course is designed for practising and senior training surgeons who want to specialise in spinal surgery, providing an understanding of various approaches and instrumentation techniques of the spine.

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