Key Features

  • Features authors drawn largely from the staff of the Rothman Institute, one of the largest and most well-respected spine training programs in the country—providing a uniform and authoritative approach to patient management.
  • Offers a concise, high-yield presentation, with many tables, algorithms, and specially designed diagrams, to promote efficient learning.
  • Includes coverage of non-operative methods and of the "failed back," pointing the way to non-surgical, cost-efficient treatment approaches.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Basic Anatomy of the Cervical, Thoracic, Lumbar, and Sacral Spine

Chapter 2 Physical Examination of the Spine

Chapter 3 Surgical Approaches to the Spine

Chapter 4 Lumbar Degenerative Disk Disease: Understanding the Pain Generator

Chapter 5 Low Back Pain: Non-Operative Treatment Strategies

Chapter 6 Herniation of the Nucleus Pulposus in the Cervical, Thoracic, and Lumbar Spine

Chapter 7 Cervical, Thoracic, and Lumbar Degenerative Disk Disease: Spinal Stenosis

Chapter 8 Surgical Management of Low Back Pain

Chapter 9 Management of the Failed (Surgical) Back Patient

Chapter 10 Kyphosis of the Cervical, Thoracic, and Lumbar Spine

Chapter 11 Spinal Scoliotic Deformities: Adolescent Idiopathic, Adult Degenerative, and Neuromuscular

Chapter 12 Lumbar Spondylolisthesis

Chapter 13 Osteoporosis: Medical Management and Surgical Treatment Options

Chapter 14 Metabolic and Inflammatory Diseases of the Spine

Chapter 15 The Rheumatoid Spine

Chapter 16 Vertebral Discitis and Osteomyelitis

Chapter 17 Primary and Metastatic Spinal Tumors

Chapter 18 Intradural Spinal Lesions

Chapter 19 Pathophysiology and Pharmacologic Treatment of Acute Spinal Cord Injury

Chapter 20 Spinal Cord Injury: Pre-Hospital and Emergency

Chapter 21 Cervical Spine Trauma

Chapter 22 Thoracic and Lumbar Spine Trauma


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About the author

Alexander Vaccaro

Affiliations and Expertise

The Everrett J. and Marion Gordon Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery; Professor of Neurosurgery, Co-Director of the Delaware Valley Spinal Cord Injury Center; Co-Chief Spine Surgery, Co-Director Spine Surgery; Thomas Jefferson University and the Rothman Institute, Philadelphia, PA