Erika D. Ecker

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STUDY DESIGN Systematic review. OBJECTIVE To determine the correlation of patient-reported pain with physical function and health-related quality of life (HRQoL) after spine surgery and to determine the responsiveness of pain, physical function, and HRQoL after spine surgery. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA Several validated outcome instruments are available(More)
STUDY DESIGN Systematic review of the literature with subgroup analysis for heterogeneous treatment effects. OBJECTIVE The objectives of this systematic review were to summarize prior Cochrane reports regarding the safety and effectiveness of opioids, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and antidepressants for treatment of chronic low back pain(More)
STUDY DESIGN  Systematic reviewStudy rationale: Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) is a proven, effective treatment for relieving neck pain due to degenerative conditions of the cervical spine. Since most patients also present with radiculopathy or myelopathy, little is known as to the effectiveness of ACDF to relieve pain and improve function(More)
Premenstrual symptomatology, stress, quality of life (QOL) and exercise frequency, volume, and intensity were assessed in 114 females (18-33 years). Based on premenstrual symptoms (PMS), women were divided into high and low PMS groups and compared on stress, QOL and exercise variables. Results revealed women with high PMS had significantly more stress and(More)
STUDY DESIGN  Comparative effectiveness review. STUDY RATIONALE  The spine is among the most common location for bony metastases. In many cases these metastases cause fractures leading to increased morbidity. Percutaneous cement augmentation techniques have been developed over the past decades for the treatment of these fractures; however, there are(More)
STUDY DESIGN  Comparative effectiveness review. STUDY RATIONALE  Spinal fusion is believed to accelerate the degeneration of the vertebral segment above or below the fusion site, a condition called adjacent segment disease (ASD). The premise of dynamic stabilization is that motion preservation allows for less loading on the discs and facet joints at the(More)
So what is a "winning literature search"? Simply put, it is one that provides you with the information you need to find the types of articles that will help you with clinical practice or research. Literature searching is a combination of an art and a science. Understanding the basic anatomy and physiology of searching can get you started on finding the(More)
STUDY DESIGN Systematic review. OBJECTIVE The objectives of this systematic review were to determine whether sociologic and demographic factors modify the effect of fusion versus nonoperative management in patients with chronic low back pain. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA Chronic low back pain is among the most common symptoms leading patients to seek(More)
STUDY DESIGN  Systematic review. STUDY RATIONALE  It is commonly believed that scoliosis treated nonoperatively does not worsen in pregnancy; however, at times patients with scoliosis progress rapidly during these months. Objective or clinical question:  What is the level of evidence to support or deny the claim that scoliosis treated nonoperatively does(More)
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