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Final Long-Term Reporting from a Randomized Controlled IDE Trial for Lumbar Artificial Discs in Single-Level Degenerative Disc Disease: 7-Year Results

Abstract Background: This study compared 7-year safety and efficacy outcomes of activL and ProDisc-L lumbar total disc replacements in patients with symptomatic, single-level lumbar degenerative disc disease (DDD). The objectives are to report 7-year outcomes of the trial, evaluate the outcomes for patients lost to follow-up, and determine whether early outcomes predict long-term outcomes. Methods: This was …

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Physiologic Dose Anti-inflammatory Injections

Credit: Shutterstock Steroid anti-inflammatory injections can cause tissue damage. Why? Given that the body uses steroids to control inflammation, how could an injection of steroids be bad? Let’s dig in. Anti-inflammatories and the Body Corticosteroids are substances that reduce inflammation. The body uses a corticosteroid called hydrocortisone (Cortisol) at very low levels. How low? 60-230 …

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ADVERTORIAL: ESP disc replacement—favoring bone on-growth since 2004

The ability to restore spinal function is an important consideration when choosing options for the replacement of degenerated discs in the cervical or lumbar spine—in particular when there is an alternative to spinal fusion, which can come at a cost of motion to the patient. Developed by FH Orthopedics and now marketed by Spine Innovations, …

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Your Psoas Muscle Is Key to Maintaining Good Alignment and Fighting Back Pain

Tucked deep in your hips and lower back, the psoas muscle won’t get you any compliments at the beach—but keeping it strong and flexible is crucial to keeping your body feeling good.  The world may be reopening, but it turns out that post-lockdown life, for a lot of us, still involves plenty of sitting and …

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Specific Questions to Ask Your Spine Surgeon

There are several questions you can ask a spine surgeon to help you more thoroughly understand your prospective surgery and instill confidence in your selection of a surgeon. Questions before choosing surgery: What is the specific anatomic lesion being addressed? What is the natural course of the condition if left untreated? Why does the surgeon recommend this …

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