Archive for November 2012

Journal Club No. 3, 2012

The University of Chicago Journal Club

Participating Faculty: Brown, Lam, Hekmat-Panah, Roitberg

Participating Residents: Ferguson, Hobbs, Bhansali, Shakur, Stamates


Topic: How strong is the evidence for non-operative management of degenerative spine disease?


1) Walker B., French S., Grant W., Green S. A Cochrane Review of Combined Chiropractic Interventions for Low-Back Pain. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2011 Feb 1;36(3):230-42.


Hobbs: This article is a Cochrane systematic review of randomized control trials evaluating the effects of combined chiropractic interventions on pain, disability, back-related function, overall improvement, and patient satisfaction in adults with low-back pain (LBP).  The combined interventions were compared to other therapies, none of which were surgical. A total of 12 studies were included, only 3 of which were found to have a low risk of bias. Pragmatic trials were selected to analyze the degree of benefit of therapies, as they would be implemented in actual practice. Patient pain was categorized as acute (<6 weeks), subacute (6-12 weeks), or chronic (>12 weeks). Important inclusion/exclusion criteria: studies examining patients with non-specific low back pain were included; studies that include examination of pathological causes, patient’s with low back pain with radiculopathy, or trials with singular therapy were excluded. Duration of pain did not affect inclusion/exclusion.

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Surgical Neurology International

Lecture 54 – Extracranial Carotid Disease: When and How to Treat

Lecture 53 – Update on Moya Moya Disease

Lecture 52 – The Child with an Indolent Brain Tumor

Lecture 51 – Pineal Region Tumors

Lecture 50 – Cerebellum Pontine Angle Tumors