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A randomized trial of vertebroplasty for osteoporotic spinal fractures.
TLDR
Improvements in pain and pain-related disability associated with osteoporotic compression fractures in patients treated with vertebroplasty were similar to the improvements in a control group.
Expenditures and health status among adults with back and neck problems.
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Age- and sex-adjusted self-reported measures of mental health, physical functioning, work or school limitations, and social limitations among adults with spine problems were worse in 2005 than in 1997, and spine-related expenditures increased substantially from 1997 to 2005, without evidence of corresponding improvement in self-assessed health status.
Association of early imaging for back pain with clinical outcomes in older adults.
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Among older adults with a new primary care visit for back pain, early imaging was not associated with better 1-year outcomes, and the value of early diagnostic imaging in older adults forBack pain without radiculopathy is uncertain.
Systematic Literature Review of Imaging Features of Spinal Degeneration in Asymptomatic Populations
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This meta-analysis of the literature reveals that imaging findings of spine degeneration are present in high proportions of asymptomatic individuals, increasing with age, and must be interpreted in the context of the patient's clinical condition.
A randomized trial of epidural glucocorticoid injections for spinal stenosis.
TLDR
In the treatment of lumbar spinal stenosis, epidural injection of glucocorticoids plus lidocaine plus lidOCaine offered minimal or no short-term benefit as compared with epidural injections of lidocane alone.
Pilot randomized controlled trial of web-based acceptance and commitment therapy for smoking cessation.
TLDR
Compared with Smokefree.gov, ACT had higher user receptivity and short-term cessation, and strong evidence of theory-based mechanisms of change.
Trends in Health Care Expenditures, Utilization, and Health Status Among US Adults With Spine Problems, 1997–2006
Study Design. Analysis of nationally representative survey data for spine-related health care expenditures, utilization and self-reported health status. Objective. To study trends from 1997 to 2006
Safety and efficacy of video-assisted retroperitoneal debridement for infected pancreatic collections: a multicenter, prospective, single-arm phase 2 study.
TLDR
This prospective cohort study supports the safety and efficacy of VARD for infected pancreatic walled-off necrosis and the low mortality and complication rates compare favorably with open debridement.
Reoperation Rates Following Lumbar Spine Surgery and the Influence of Spinal Fusion Procedures
TLDR
Patients should be informed that the likelihood of reoperation following a lumbar spine operation is substantial and, for spondylolisthesis, reoperation is less likely following fusion than following decompression alone.
Surgery versus non-surgical therapy for carpal tunnel syndrome: a randomised parallel-group trial
TLDR
Overall, this study confirms that surgery is useful for patients with carpal tunnel syndrome without denervation, and symptoms in both groups improved, but surgical treatment led to better outcome than did non-surgical treatment.
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