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THE GENETICS OF BONE DENSITY

Recently, a study was published in the medical journal, Nature Genetics, which linked 32 novel genetic regions to bone mineral density.1 The findings may help researchers understand why some people are more susceptible to bone fractures based upon factors inherited from their parents. The research also points to potential targets for medications which may help [...]


CURRENT CLINICAL TRIALS PROMOTE ESSENTIAL INNOVATION FOR SPINAL HEALTH CARE

The Virginia Spine Institute is a Center of Excellence, as distinguished by clinicians who provide exceptional surgical and non-operative treatments to improve the lives of their patients. One contributing factor to VSI’s success in spinal innovations is the involvement in clinical research. Research is crucial for validation of current techniques used by spinal specialists as [...]


EXPLORING NEW HORIZONS IN SPINAL TREATMENT: ROBOT-GUIDED SPINE SURGERY

Photo Courtesy of  Mazor Robotics   The goals of modern spinal surgery are to maximize patient function and accelerate a return to a full life.  As spinal surgery has evolved, more focus has been placed on minimizing trauma to the body during surgery and expediting a return to function through the use of minimally invasive [...]


GET UP, GET MOVING; 6 HEALTH BENEFITS OF WALKING

You don’t have to be a runner to participate in the Spinal Research Foundation’s upcoming We’ve Got Your Back Race For Spinal Health {May 18th}! Walking is an excellent form of exercise; whether you are just starting to exercise, recovering from an injury or are just looking to get outside and get moving; read on [...]


WE WANT YOU! JOIN YOUR DOCTOR ON MAY 18 FOR THE 6TH ANNUAL WE’VE GOT YOUR BACK RACE FOR SPINAL HEALTH

  What are you doing May 18th? The Virginia Spine Institute is proud to team up with the Spinal Research Foundation (a national 501(c)(3) non-profit organization) to host the Sixth Annual, “We’ve Got Your Back” 5K race and 1 mile fun run/walk for spinal health. All proceeds from the race directly benefit the Spinal Research [...]


VSI HOSTS FIFTH ANNUAL “WE’VE GOT YOUR BACK” RACE; RECORD-BREAKING ATTENDANCE & RAISES $100,000 FOR SPINAL RESEARCH FOUNDATION

Fifth annual “We’ve Got Your Back” event held on May 12th draws more than 800 participants and raises awareness of life-changing spinal health research and education RESTON, VIRGINIA, MAY 14, 2012 – The 5th Annual “We’ve Got Your Back” 5K Run/Walk held May 12, 2012 on the grounds of the Virginia Spine Institute in Reston, [...]


ARE YOU A SPINAL CHAMPION?

  Are you a Spinal Champion? Share your story with us! If you have suffered from back or neck pain and have overcome it through either nonsurgical or surgical treatments, you are one of our Spinal Champions. Do you have a success story you’d like to share? One single story can inspire, teach and provide hope [...]


TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN SPINAL HEALTH CARE!

The Virginia Spine Institute is proud to team up with the Spinal Research Foundation (a national 501(c)(3) non-profit organization) to host the Fifth Annual, “We’ve Got Your Back” 5K race and 1 mile fun run/walk for spinal health. All proceeds from the race directly benefit the Spinal Research Foundation’s mission to improve spinal health care [...]


CLINICAL TRIALS 101: WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW BEFORE YOU PAY IT FORWARD IN SPINAL HEALTH CARE

As the Director of Research for the Spinal Research Foundation, a national non-profit 501 (c) (3), I lead the organization to focus on three aspects of patient care; research, education, and patient advocacy. Regarding the research, we perform both prospective and retrospective studies.  Retrospective research means we look back at the procedures that we have [...]


TO HAVE SPINAL SURGERY, OR NOT TO HAVE SPINAL SURGERY, THAT IS THE QUESTION.

This is a question that is frequently asked by patients.  Many state that they have been told to never have spinal surgery.  Spinal surgery historically has developed a poor reputation because of decades of poor results.  This created a misperception that if one has spinal surgery that his or her life would never be the [...]