5 important spine and orthopedic studies from the first half of 2022

Claire Wallace -  

From hip replacements improving stability and recovery time to sports physicians working in different fields, here are the latest spine and orthopedic studies making headlines: 

1. A study published by Ann Arbor-based Michigan Medicine discovered that children and teenagers can be prescribed fewer opioids following spine operations. Twenty-three percent of patients who did not receive information about opioid addictiveness asked for refills, while only 6 percent of patients who received information asked for refills. 

2. A study published in the Journal of Neurosurgery found that in a study of 90 patients, using bioactive interbody devices in lumbar fusions has a high rate of effectiveness and uses less materials, decreasing patients' economic burden. 

3. A study published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery found that out of 3,298 board applicants, about 40 percent of early-career sports physicians begin by performing surgeries outside of their specialties. 

4. A study from Hip Innovation Technology found that for 22 patients, novel reverse hip implants show promise in improving hip stability after replacement surgery. 

5. A study published in Clinical Orthopedics and Related Research found that of 400 sampled hospitals, only around 32 percent disclosed all pricing information for joint replacements on their websites. Twenty-one percent shared all pricing information for knee replacements, while 18 percent shared information for hip replacements. 

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