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  • Putting fat to good use as stem cell source for spinal fusion surgery

    Adipose cells, better known as fat, may be the least popular component of the human body. However, most people don't realize that fat actually has many important functions in establishing and maintaining good health—providing energy, insulating the body against heat loss and protecting nerves, just to name a few. Now, researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine suggest there's another role for the poor maligned adipose cell: a practical and plentiful source of stem cells for use in spinal fusion surgeries.

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  • How to Tell if You Have Arthritis in Your Neck

    No matter where it occurs in the body, arthritis can be a real pain. One type, which goes by the name cervical spondylosis, can leave you with a stiff neck or major aches.

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  • Osteoporosis treatment before spinal fusion may lower risks of complications, revision

    Preoperative osteoporosis treatment lowered the risks of osteoporosis-related complications and revision surgery in patients undergoing spinal fusion of three levels or more at 1 year, according to published results.

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  • New proposal for the management of low back pain with a proprioceptive approach

    Low back pain in the elderly is the result of poor 'proprioception,' or the body's ability to perceive its own position in space, caused by a deterioration of sensory receptors in their muscles called proprioceptors. In a new study, researchers demonstrate a protocol for the management of low back pain by diagnosing and activating impaired proprioceptors with localized vibratory stimulations, crowning an approach that can enable elderly people to lead better lives.

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  • How Can Surgery Help People with Ankylosing Spondylitis?

    The outlook for people who have these AS surgeries is good despite the risk of surgery complications

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  • American Osteopathic Association
  • American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics
  • American Medical Association
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • North American Spine Society