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Spinal Surgery

Internet Resources

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: Patient Education Library
http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/
Explore this comprehensive site to learn about a variety of orthopaedic topics. It includes a special section on patient safety.

MedlinePlus: Back Pain
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/backpain.html
Developed by the National Library of Medicine specifically for consumers, this site is a portal for both government-sponsored and privately developed health information for the lay public. It includes information on how to make a decision on whether to have surgery.

National Institute of Neurologic Disorders and Stroke: Back Pain
http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/backpain/detail_backpain.htm
This site provides excellent information from the National Institutes of Health, including contact information for helpful organizations.

North American Spine Society
http://www.spine.org/Pages/Default.aspx
This site offers information on all aspects of spine disorders, treatments and risk reduction for back problems.


Books

  • I’ve Got Your Back: The Truth About Back Surgery, Straight From A Surgeon. Tindel, N. 2007.
  • Stabbed in the back: confronting back pain in an overtreated society. Hadler N. 2009
  • Gale Encyclopedia of Surgery. Senagore AJ, ed. 2004. Available in print at the Health Learning Center or electronically at  http://www.nmh.org/nm/health library virtual library .
  • The Total Back Book. Sutcliffe J. 2002.

Journal Articles

  • “Herniated disk: conservative care often effective.” Mayo Clinic Health Letter. 28(2):1-3. Feb. 2010
  • “Degenerative disk disease: a real pain in the back.” Mayo Clinic Women’s Healthsource. 11(6):4-5. Jun. 2007
  • “Pain management in a patient with intractable spinal cord injury pain: a case report and literature review.” Que, J. C., Siddall, P. J., and Cousins, M. J. Anesthesia & Analgesia. 105(5):1462-73, 2007 Nov.
  • “The problems and limitations of applying evidence-based medicine to primary surgical treatment of adult spinal deformity.” Bridwell, K.H. et al. Spine. 32(19 Suppl):S135-9, 2007 Sep 1.
  • “Systematic review of randomized trials comparing lumbar fusion surgery to nonoperative care for treatment of chronic back pain.” Mirza, S. K., Deyo, R. A. Spine. 32(7):816-23, 2007 Apr 1.

Check with staff at any of Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Health Learning Centers to obtain the most current, evidence-based journal literature available.


Videos

  • Back Talk: Risk Reduction and Treatment Options. NMH Mini-Med School: Bones, Joints & Muscles. 2008
  • Back Pain: A Complete Workout for Better Living. 1996
  • Back Pain: Lower Back. 1996
  • It’s Your Back. 1992
  • Low Back Pain. 1990

Models

Spinal column.
Various segments of the spinal column, including a model of a herniated disk.


Contact Us

For more information, please contact the  Health Learning Center  at 312-926-5465 or HLC@nmh.org.

Last UpdateJanuary 3, 2012
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