Archive For The “Geriatric Spine Syndrome” Category

The Geriatric Spine Syndrome Meets Spine Grand Rounds

By | July 3, 2011

I have been asked to present the featured case at Spine Grand Rounds and the Glendale Adventist Medical Center Spine Institute this Thursday 7 July. These rounds are a monthly gathering of some of the best spine surgeons, neuroradiologists, physiatrists and pain management physicians in the area who come together to discuss interesting and unusual […]

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The Geriatric Spine Syndrome: Treatment, Osteoporotic Form

By | June 21, 2011

Advanced therapy for the osteoporotic form of the Geriatric Spine Syndrome is one of the most difficult problems in modern medicine. With the aging of the American population the syndrome is becoming more and more common and no really good treatment exists.   Surgery except in cases of severe nerve compression is usually not successful […]

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The Geriatric Spine Syndrome: Treatment, Hypertrophic Form

By | June 20, 2011

When it comes to treatment the two subtypes of the Geriatric Spine Syndrome being to diverge. A brief trial of Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injections is warranted in either case although it is more likely to be effective in the hypertrophic form. Therapy directed at the facet joints, either joint injection or Radio Frequency Ablation (RFA) […]

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The Geriatric Spine Syndrome: Pathophysiology

By | June 18, 2011

An interesting fact about the two forms of the Geriatric Spine Syndrome is that although they have different anatomical features and pathophysiological mechanisms they share a remarkably similar set of symptoms. The pain begins as a dull ache primarily in the back and after a period of years tends to become sharper and spread, fist […]

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The Geriatric Spine Syndrome: Pathologic Anatomy

By | June 17, 2011

  As stated before, there appear to be two main variants of the Geriatric Spine Syndrome. One is characterized by hypertrophic overgrowth of the facet joints and lipping of the vertebral bodies, with or without accompanying disc disease resulting in severe spinal stenosis. The levels most often affected are L3-4 and l4-5. Spondylolisthesis is relatively […]

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