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Original Spine Research and Review Articles From Pain Medicine

January 2017 
Volume 18, Issue 01



December 2016
Volume 17, Issue12











Immediate Adverse Events in Interventional Pain Procedures: A Multi-Institutional Study
Carrie M. Carr, Christopher T. Plastaras, Matthew J. Pingree, Matthew Smuck, Timothy P. Maus, Jennifer R. Geske, Christine A. El-Yahchouchi, Zachary L. McCormick, David J. Kennedy


Imaging Determinants of Clinical Effectiveness of Lumbar Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injections
Timothy P Maus, Christine A El-Yahchouchi, Jennifer R Geske, Rickey E Carter, Timothy J Kaufmann, John T Wald, Felix E Diehn


Chronic Whiplash Associated Disorders (WAD): Responses to Nerve Blocks of Cervical Zygapophyseal Joints
Mats Persson, Jan Sörensen, Björn Gerdle


The Effectiveness and Risks of Non–Image-Guided Lumbar Interlaminar Epidural Steroid Injections: A Systematic Review with Comprehensive Analysis of the Published Data
Yakov Vorobeychik, Anil Sharma, Clark C. Smith, David C. Miller, Milan P. Stojanovic, Steve M. Lobel, Marc A. Valley, Belinda Duszynski, David J. Kennedy


November 2016
Volume 17, Issue11



Ultrasound-Guided Cervical Nerve Root Block: Does Volume Affect the Spreading Pattern?
Seok Kang, Seung Nam Yang, Se Hwa Kim, Chan Woo Byun, Joon Shik Yoon






October 2016
Volume 17, Issue 10






A New Sacroiliac Joint Injection Technique and Its Short-Term Effect on Chronic Sacroiliac Region Pain
Kyung Hee Do, Sang Ho Ahn, Rodney Jones, Sung Ho Jang, Su Min Son, Dong Gyu Lee, Hee Kyung Cho, Gyu Sik Choi, Yun-Woo Cho


Lidocaine Test Increases the Success Rates of Corticosteroid Injection in Impingement Syndrome
Sang Jun Kim, Hyo Sun Lee


Mathematical Validation and Credibility of Diagnostic Blocks for Spinal Pain
Andrew J. Engel, Nikolai Bogduk


September 2016
Volume 17, Issue 9










Percutaneous Epidural Adhesiolysis with Epidural Steroid Injection: A Non-inferiority Test of Non-particulate Steroids Versus Particulate Steroids
Sooyoung Cho, Hahck Soo Park

Comparison of the Ventral Epidural Spreading in Modified Interlaminar Approach and Transforaminal Approach: A Randomized, Double-Blind Study
Eung Don Kim, Mi Sun Roh, Jun Jae Park, Daehyun Jo

Reliability and Accuracy of MRI Laminar Angle Measurements to Determine Intra-Procedural Contralateral Oblique View Angle for Cervical or Thoracic Interlaminar Epidural Steroid Injections
David S. Levi, Scott Horn, Alexandra Collado


Safety of Lumbar Spine Radiofrequency Procedures in Patients Who Have Posterior Spinal Hardware
Tim J. Lamer, Jolene Smith, Bryan C. Hoelzer, William D. Mauck, Wenchun Qu, Halena M. Gazelka


August 2016
Volume 17, Issue 8



The Incidence of Intradiscal, Intrathecal, and Intravascular Flow During the Performance of Retrodiscal (Infraneural) Approach for Lumbar Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injections
David Levi, Scott Horn, Sarah Corcoran





July 2016
Volume 17, Issue 7





Predictive Factors for Successful Outcome of Pulsed Radiofrequency Treatment in Patients with Intractable Lumbosacral Radicular Pain
Koen Van Boxem, Nelleke de Meij, Jacob Patijn, Jan Wilmink, Maarten van Kleef, Jan Van Zundert, Alfons Kessels


Is There a Relationship Between Body Mass Index and Fluoroscopy Time During Sacroiliac Joint Injection? A Multicenter Cohort Study
Zachary L. McCormick, Daniel Cushman, David T. Lee, Paul Scholten, Samuel K. Chu, Ashwin N. Babu, Mary Caldwell, Craig Ziegler, Humaira Ashraf, Bindu Sundar, Ryan Clark, Claire Gross, Jeffrey Cara, Kristen McCormick, Brendon Ross, Clark C. Smith, Joel Press, Matthew Smuck, David R. Walega


June 2016
Volume 17, Issue 6






Intradiscal Platelet-Rich Plasma Injection for Chronic Discogenic Low Back Pain: Preliminary Results from a Prospective Trial
David Levi, Scott Horn, Sara Tyszko, Josh Levin, Charles Hecht-Leavitt, Edward Walko

Percutaneous Lumbar Disc Decompression Using the Dekompressor: A Prospective Long-Term Outcome Study
Zachary L. McCormick, Curtis Slipman, Ashot Kotcharian, Akhil Chhatre, Frank J Bender III, Aleya Salam, Serge Menkin, David J Kennedy, Christopher Plastaras

Detection of Intravascular Injection During Lumbar Medial Branch Blocks: A Comparison of Aspiration, Live Fluoroscopy, and Digital Subtraction Technology
David J. Kennedy, Ryan Mattie, Alan Scott Hamilton, Bryan Conrad, Matthew Smuck


May 2016
Volume 17, Issue 5


C-Arm Fluoroscope Angle Settings for Fluoroscopically Guided Lumbar Transforaminal Epidural Injections
Christopher T.
, Adrian Popescu, Coleen A. McLaughlin, Sean O. Sanderson, Andrew G. Biaesch, Justin C. Bosley, Benjamin Kaplan, Bryan A. Pukenas

Contralateral Oblique View Is Superior to the Lateral View for Lumbar Epidural Access
Jatinder S. Gill, Jyotsna V. Nagda, Musa M. Aner, John C. Keel, Thomas T. Simopoulos


April 2016
Volume 17, Issue 4

  Clinical Efficacy of Percutaneous Endoscopic Lumbar Annuloplasty and Nucleoplasty for Treatment of Patients with Discogenic Low Back Pain
Jung Hwan Lee, Sang-Ho Lee

The Effectiveness and Risks of Fluoroscopically-Guided Cervical Medial Branch Thermal Radiofrequency Neurotomy: A Systematic Review with Comprehensive Analysis of the Published Data
Andrew Engel, George Rappard, Wade King, David J. Kennedy

March 2016
Volume 17, Issue 3



Effectiveness and Factors Associated with Epidural Decompression and Adhesiolysis Using a Balloon-Inflatable Catheter in Chronic Lumbar Spinal Stenosis: 1-Year Follow-Up
Seong-Soo Choi, Jong-Hyuk Lee, Doohwan Kim, Hyun Kyu Kim, Sohee Lee, Kyo Joon Song, Jin Kyu Park, Jae Hang Shim


The Effects of Local Anesthesia Administration on Pain Experience During Interventional Spine Procedures: A Prospective Controlled Trial
Rishi Bakshi, Hassen Berri, Claire Kalpakjian, Matthew Smuck


February 2016
Volume 17, Issue 2


Adverse Event Rates Associated with Transforaminal and Interlaminar Epidural Steroid Injections: A Multi-Institutional Study
Christine A. El-Yahchouchi, Christopher T. Plastaras, Timothy P. Maus, Carrie M. Carr, Zachary L. McCormick, Jennifer R. Geske, Matthew Smuck, Matthew J. Pingree, David J. Kennedy




January 2016
Volume 17, Issue 1





Single Intradiscal Administration of the Tumor Necrosis Factor-Alpha Inhibitor, Etanercept, for Patients with Discogenic Low Back Pain
Takeshi Sainoh MD, PhD, Sumihisa Orita MD, PhD, Masayuki Miyagi MD, PhD, Gen Inoue MD, PhD, Hiroto Kamoda MD, PhD, Tetsuhiro Ishikawa MD, PhD, Kazuyo Yamauchi MD, PhD, Miyako Suzuki MD, PhD, Yoshihiro Sakuma MD, PhD, Go Kubota MD, PhD, Yasuhiro Oikawa MD, PhD, Kazuhide Inage MD, PhD, Jun Sato MD, Yukio Nakata MD, Junichi Nakamura MD, PhD, Yasuchika Aoki MD, PhD, Tomoaki Toyone MD, PhD, Kazuhisa Takahashi MD, PhD, Seiji Ohtori MD, PhD

Location of Radicular Spinal Arteries in the Lumbar Spine from Analysis of CT Angiograms of the Abdomen and Pelvis
Jeremy I. Simon MD, Matthew McAuliffe MD, David Smoger MD


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