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Tag: Age Factors

The natural history of spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis.

Posted: December 5, 2015 at 8:27 am   /   Developmental

This is a classic Spine Study looking at the natural history of spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis in a population of 500 first grade students in a small community bordering New York and Pennsylvania. The initial enrollment period was 1954 to 1957.  The inclusion criteria was that the first grader had parental permission and attended one of […]

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Abnormal magnetic-resonance scans of the cervical spine in asymptomatic subjects. A prospective investigation.

Posted: December 5, 2015 at 8:18 am   /   Degenerative

This classic paper published by Boden et al (1990) is a parallel study to the one investigating abnormal magnetic resonance imaging scans of the lumbar spine in asymptomatic subjects that was published the same year. This study included 63 asymptomatic volunteers who were screened and underwent an MRI scan of the cervical spine. The MRI […]

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The prediction of curve progression in untreated idiopathic scoliosis during growth.

Posted: December 5, 2015 at 8:13 am   /   Deformity

The natural history of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis is still not entirely understood despite decades of research. This study by Lonstein and Carlson is truly one of the classic papers published on the subject of idiopathic scoliosis, looking at the prognostic factors related to curve progression.  The study population was drawn from a database of juvenile and adolescent […]

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Abnormal magnetic-resonance scans of the lumbar spine in asymptomatic subjects. A prospective investigation.

Posted: November 23, 2015 at 10:51 am   /   Degenerative

This study published by Boden et al in 1990 was a landmark study that continues to be one of the most referenced works of all time relating to spinal disorders. Despite this study being referenced over 1000 times in the medical literature, there are several modern day concerns /criticisms of this study that must be […]

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