The Comprehensive Treatment of the Aging Spine

1st Edition

Minimally Invasive and Advanced Techniques (Expert Consult - Online and Print)

Authors: James Yue Richard Guyer J. Patrick Johnson Larry Khoo Stephen Hochschuler
Hardcover ISBN: 9781437703733
eBook ISBN: 9780323315548
Imprint: Saunders
Published Date: 7th December 2010
Page Count: 496


The Comprehensive Treatment of the Aging Spine provides all the state-of-the-art coverage you need on both operative and non-operative treatments for different clinical pathologies of the aging spine. Dr James Yue and a team of talented, pioneering orthopedic surgeons and neurosurgeons cover hot topics like minimally invasive fusion, dynamic stabilization, state-of-the-art intraspinous and biologic devices, and more…in print and online.

Key Features

  • Search the full text and access a video library online at
  • Master the very latest techniques and technologies through detailed step-by-step surgical instructions, tips, and pearls.
  • Stay current on the state-of-the-art in intraspinous and biologic devices—such as Stent (Alphatec) and Optimesh Spineology; thoracic techniques—kyphoplasty, vertebroplasty, and spacers; and conservative treatment modalities—including injection therapies, acupuncture, and yoga.
  • Make expert-guided decisions on techniques and device selection using the collective clinical experience of pioneering editors and contributors.
  • Identify the advantages and disadvantages for the full range of available microsurgical and endoscopic techniques for management of cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine pathology—minimally invasive fusion, reconstruction, decompression, and dynamic stabilization.
  • View a narrated video library demonstrating surgical techniques and device tips and pearls on the included DVD.

Table of Contents

Section 1: Introdcution to the Aging Spine

1. Embryology of the Spine

2. Applied Anatomy of the Normal and Aging Spine

3. Histological Changes in the Aging Spine

4. Natural History of the Degenerative Cascade

5. History and Physical Examination of the Aging Spine

6. The Role of Nutrition, Weight, and Exercise on the Aging Spine

7. The Psychology of the Aging Spine, Treatment Options, and Ayurveda as a Novel Approach

Section 2: Basic Science of the Aging Spine

8. Biomechanics of the Senescent Spine

9. Non-Invasive Strength Analysis of the Spine Using Clinical CT Scans

10. Kinematics of the Aging Spine: A Review of Past Knowledge and Survery of Recent Developments, with a Focus on Patient-Management Implications for the Clinical Practitioner

11. Causes of Premature Aging of the Spine

12. Osteoporosis and the Aging Spine: Diagnosis and Treatment

13. Osteoarthritis and Inflammatory Arthritides of the Aging Spine

14. Spinal Stenosis without Spondylolisthesis

15. Spinal Stenosis with Spondylolisthesis

16. Imaging of the Aging Spine

Section 3: Conservative Treatment Modalities

17. Land Based Rehabilitation and the Aging Spine

18. Aquatic Physical Therapy

19. The Role of Spinal Injections in Treating the Aging Spine

20. Accupuncture in Treatment of Aging-Spine-Related Pain Conditions

21. Tai Chi, Qi Gong, and Other Complementary Alternative Therapies for Treatment of the Aging Spine and Chronic Pain

22. Oral Analgesics for Chronic Low Back Pain in Adults

23. Yoga and the Aging Spine

Section 4: Surgical Treatment Modalities: Cervical Spine

24. Cervical Stenosis: Radiculpathy - Review of Concepts, Surgical Techniques, and Outcomes

25. Cervical Stenosis: Myelopathy

26. Cervical Kyphosis

27. Surgical Treatment Modalities for Cervical


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About the Author

James Yue

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Co-Chief Division of Spine Surgery, Director, Yale University Spine Fellowship, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT

Richard Guyer

Affiliations and Expertise

Spine Surgery Fellowship Co-Director

J. Patrick Johnson

Larry Khoo

Stephen Hochschuler

Affiliations and Expertise

Co-founder of the Texas Back Institute, Plano Texas; Clinical Instructor, Division of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dallas, TX